Girls take eighth at state meet

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The Lady Tigers earned a top 10 finish for the second straight season, finishing eighth at the Girls’ State A Golf Tournament at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs on Tuesday.

“It was yet another great experience for the girls,” said coach Jason Weisbeck. “Southern Hills Golf Course, like any other state tournament course, is very challenging; not only playing, but walking. Overall, the girls got some very valuable experience.”

Michelle McClellan led the Lady Tigers by tying for 23rd. The senior just missed making the top 20 and earning all-state honors. After opening with a 96, McClellan moved up the board and into the top 25 with a second-round 90.

“Michelle really improved from her first nine, shooting a 42 on the back nine and then bouncing back well on day two,” said Weisbeck. “She was only one shot out of medal contention. I’m proud of her accomplishments in golf!”

The Lady Tigers showed that theywill be a team to be reckoned with when two of the younger players cracked the top 50. Freshman Chelsey Hoffman shot 96-98-194 and took 35th. Eighth-grader Emily Dale shot 98-103-201 and finished 47th.

“Chelsy and Emily played well,” said Weisbeck. “They kept themselves in it by battling back from the tough holes.”
Freshmen Miranda Eisemann and Aundrea Kramer were farther back in the pack. Eisemann shot 104-116-220. Kramer shot 118-124-242.

“Miranda and Aundrea got their feet wet in state tournament experience,” said Weisbeck. “They found out that back-to-back days of seven-hour plus rounds are a true test of endurance, patience and perseverance. They did well for their first appearance.”

– Jay Davis –

Team Standings: Parkston 651, Hot Springs 669, Spearfish 669, Sioux Falls Christian 692, Vermillion 772, Dell Rapids 780, Canton 796, Mobridge-Pollock 801, Lead-Deadwood 820, Harrisburg 827, Aberdeen Roncalli 839, Madison 847, Wagner 857, Milbank 867, Chamberlain 892.

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