EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to correct an error regarding previous Eastern South Dakota Conference champions from Yankton. We apologize for the error.
HURON — A practice round at Broadland Creek National Golf Course on Wednesday helped the Yankton Gazelles get out of a mild slump, and win a conference title.
The Gazelles shot a team score of 336 to earn top honors at the Eastern South Dakota Conference Girls’ Golf Tournament, held Thursday at Broadland Creek National Golf Course in Huron. It was Yankton’s third title in program history, and the first since 2016.
“It helped that we played a practice round yesterday,” Yankton head coach Brett Sime said. “It was very wet, with a lot of temporary water and muddy conditions. And we had three girls who had never played there before.
“It (the practice round) really did help us.
Aberdeen Central finished second at 343, with Harrisburg third at 352.
Yankton’s Peyton Tramp earned the ESD individual title, shooting a 77 to beat Harrisburg’s Reese Jansa by three strokes. She is the third Gazelle ever to win an ESD individual title, joining Megan Mingo in 2011 and Becky Frick in 2016. The Gazelles won the ESD title in both years.
“Give her (Tramp) credit. She had a tough start, two or three double-bogeys in the first five or six holes,” Sime said. “She put in a good rest of the round.”
Yankton’s Morgan Strahl finished in a tie for third at 82. Josie Krajewski, who finished 13th at 88, and Halle Stephenson, who tied for 14th at 89, also earned all-ESD honors.
Also for the Gazelles, Kasey Erickson placed 17th with a 90, and Morgan Sundleaf tied for 22nd at 93.
“We had a lot of girls that did that, finished strong came together as a group,” Sime said. “I don’t think too many teams had everyone shoot 93 or better.”
Yankton concludes its regular season at the Brandon Valley Invitational on Tuesday. The Gazelles will then compete in the South Dakota State Class AA Girls’ Golf Championships, June 3-4 at Cattail Crossing Golf Course in Watertown.
“You always want to be peaking at the end of the season,” Sime said. “Hopefully we’ll take this tournament and fuel the fire for the rest of the way.”
TEAM SCORES: Yankton 336, Aberdeen Central 343, Harrisburg 352, Pierre 357, Mitchell 369, Watertown 376, Brandon Valley 383, Huron 416, Brookings 422
TOP 15 (All-ESD): 1, Peyton Tramp, Yankton 77; 2, Reese Jansa, Harrisburg 80; t3, Morgan Strahl, Yankton; Brooklyn Hofer, Aberdeen Central 82; 5, Halle Gronlund, Pierre 83; 6, Cassidy Gough, Aberdeen Central 84; t7, Danielle Podoll, Aberdeen Central; Karlie Bigelow, Huron; Hannah Hatch, Harrisburg 85; t10, Annabelle Simpson, Pierre; Julia Andresen, Brandon Valley; Masy Mock, Mitchell 87; 13, Josie Krajewski, Yankton 88; t14, Halle Stephenson, Yankton; Tanna Lehfeldt, Brandon Valley; Natalie Anderson, Watertown 89
OTHER YHS: 17, Kasey Erickson 90; t22, Morgan Sundleaf 93