WATERTOWN — Morgan Strahl sits in a tie for first place and the Yankton girls’ golf team is in third place after Monday’s opening round of the South Dakota State Class AA Tournament at Watertown’s Cattail Crossing Golf Course.

Defending state champion Sioux Falls O’Gorman has a 19-shot lead over Aberdeen Central on the team leaderboard. The Knights carded a 25-over, while Aberdeen Central (44-over), Yankton (48-over), Sioux Falls Roosevelt (57-over) and Pierre (68) round out the top-five.

“We ended up in a good spot,” Yankton head coach Brett Sime said. “We’re within striking distance of second, and that’s where we thought we could be.”

Strahl and O’Gorman’s Carly Kunkel are atop the individual leaderboard with a round of 75, which is two shots ahead of the trio of Harrisburg’s Reese Jansa, O’Gorman’s Shannon McCormick and Mitchell’s Masy Mock.

Aberdeen Central’s Cassidy Gough and Watertown’s Megan Dockter are tied for sixth at 78, while Brandon Valley’s Julia Andresen, O’Gorman’s Sophia Salter and Douglas’ Molly Schwartz are tied for eighth at 80.

Also for Yankton, Peyton Tramp is tied for 18th (84), Halle Stephenson is tied for 25th (88), Josie Krajewski is tied for 28th (89), and Kasey Erickson and Morgan Sundleaf are tied for 34th (93).

In total, the Gazelles put their top-four scores under 90.

“And not many teams can say that,” Sime added.

Between Strahl’s challenge for an individual championship and Yankton’s quest for a runner-up finish, today’s (Tuesday) final round figures to be filled with intrigue for the Gazelles.

“It sets up a pretty good fight (today) for Morgan, for the individual title,” Sime said.


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