Lady Tigers bring experienced golfer to 2012 Season
by Jay Davis
With a sprinkling of senior experience and a plethora of youth, the Lady Tiger golf team is on the course and getting ready for the 2012 season.
“We’re young, but we really do have a lot of experience,” said coach Jason Weisbeck. “Even our younger players have a lot of varsity experience.”
Four players are back from the team that placed ninth at the State A Golf Tournament last spring. The team will miss Erin Rabenberg, who finished 17th last spring, but back are seniors Michelle McClellan and Breezy Kuehl, along with freshman Chelsy Hoffman and eighth-grader Emily Dale.
Adding to depth are freshmen Miranda Eisemann, Haley Filler and Aundrea Kramer and eighth graders Alyssa Brewer, Brooklyn Muir and Kennedy Pearson.
Weisbeck said a number of his players spent much of their summer at Oahe Hills Golf Course.
“Some of them played a lot of golf,” said Weisbeck.
The weather turned last season into a short one, but the girls had some productive outings.
McClellan, who has been to two straight state golf tournaments, was second at Stanley County, fifth at the home meet, eighth in the Big Dakota, eighth at pre-region and 17th at the regional.
Dale took second at the Big Dakota, ninth at the Mobridge-Pollock invite, ninth at the region and 11th at the pre-region.
Hoffman took fourth at the home tourney, sixth at Stanley County, 10th at the Big Dakota, 15th at the region and 16th at the pre-region.
Kuehl finished eighth at the Mobridge-Pollock tourney and 20th at the region.
Eisemann had some varsity action last spring and placed 13th at the Mobridge-Pollock Invitational.
If the weather holds this spring, the Lady Tigers will compete on a variety of courses during the regular season. They will host an early bird meet on April 5 and the annual Mobridge-Pollock Invitational on April 30. The Big Dakota Conference and Central South Dakota Conference tournaments are set for Chamberlain and Faulkton, respectively. The Lady Tigers will also tee it up in Britton, Groton and Bowdle. The pre-region and Region 5A Tournament will be in Mitchell. This year’s State A Golf Tournament will be at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs.
“We’ve got a big schedule,” said Weisbeck. “If the weather holds out, we’ll have a busy season.”
But first, the Lady Tigers will be spending their afternoons sharpening their skills at Oahe Hills.
“The girls have already improved a lot in the last two weeks,” said Weisbeck.