Four girls back from last year’s golf team
By Jay Davis
The 2013 Lady Tiger golf team is young and small in numbers, but the top four players come into the season with exposure to a full season last spring.
Sophomores Chelsy Hoffman, Aundrea Kramer and Miranda Eisemann and freshman Emily Dale were all mainstay members of the Lady Tiger team that took second in Region 3A and eighth at the State A Golf Tournament.
Filling out the five-player squad will be a developing player as the rest of the team are seventh graders Chloe Jungwirth and Lily Miner and sixth grader Genevieve Krause.
“We’re going to be super competitive,” said coach Jason Weisbeck. “These girls will compete. They understand my expectations and they have high expectations of their own.”
While the girls will play without last year’s leader Michelle McClellan, who graduated last spring, the rest of the team has a lot of success to look back on. The foursome littered the tourneys with top 10 finishes.
Hoffman had six top-10 meets including second at the Central South Dakota Conference meet and the Mobridge-Pollock Early Bird. She finished third at Britton and the home invitational before landing a seventh-place finish in the region and 35th at state.
Dale took second place at the Mobridge-Pollock Invitational and third at the CSDC as part of four top-10 finishes. She was 14th in the region and took 47th at the state meet.
Kramer made the top 10 four times, including fourth in the home early bird, and sixth at the M-P invite and at the conference meet. She took 11th in the region.
Eisemann took seventh at the MP and ninth the CSDC before taking 12th in the region.
Weisbeck said the experience the foursome gained last year will help them take a step forward this season.
“They have state and playoff experience,” said Weisbeck.
The one thing they won’t have this season is players to push them and threaten the varsity spots.
“I hope practice doesn’t get ho-hum for them because they are not competing for a spot,” said Weisbeck.
Weisbeck said that the girls should be able to keep their standing as one of the top teams in Region 3A despite having to use a youngster as the fifth player.
“Parkston is at a different level, but we should be able to compete against everyone else,” said Weisbeck.
The Lady Tigers were planning on competing in Pierre tomorrow (Thursday), but it looks like that meet will be cancelled as Hillsview Golf Course just opened its driving range yesterday. Weisbeck said golf meets scheduled in the east will have to be on a wait-and-see basis as courses such as Britton and Groton are still snow-laden.
The Lady Tigers should be opening their season at the Big Dakota Conference Meet in Chamberlain on April 11. The Lady Tigers will host the annual Mobridge-Pollock Invitational on April 29.