WATERTOWN — An improvement of four strokes in the final round helped the Yankton Gazelles tie for second place at the South Dakota State Class AA Girls’ Golf Tournament, which concluded Tuesday at Watertown’s Cattail Crossing Golf Course.
“It was a roller coaster kind of a day for us,” Yankton head coach Brett Sime said. “We started really well, then had a few rough holes, but the girls finished strong.”
Sioux Falls O’Gorman defended its team championship in dominating fashion, as the Knights put all five golfers in the top-10 to finish first by 55 strokes.
“O’Gorman has really distanced itself from everyone else all season, but for us to be up at the top of every other team is a testament to how hard our kids have worked,” Sime said.
Yankton and Aberdeen Central tied for second at 93-over, while Sioux Falls Roosevelt (101-over) and Pierre (115-over) rounded out the top-five.
O’Gorman’s Shannon McCormick edged teammate Carly Kunkel by one stroke (149-150) for the individual race that ended up being tightly bunched.
Mitchell’s Masy Mock was third at 152, which was one shot better than Harrisburg’s Reese Jansa and Watertown’s Megan Dockter. Aberdeen Central’s duo of Cassidy Gough and Brooklyn Hofer were 6-7, respectively, at 154 and 157. O’Gorman’s trio of Sophie Jansa, Jenna Sutcliffe and Sophia Salter tied for eighth place at 158.
Yankton was led by Morgan Strahl, who tied for 11th place at 159.
Also for the Gazelles, Peyton Tramp was 15th (162), Josie Krajewski tied for 24th (171), Halle Stephenson took 31st (178), Kasey Erickson tied for 36th (182) and Morgan Sundleaf finished 38th (183).
“Morgan didn’t have her best day, but she really closed strong,” Sime said. “She parred her last few holes.
“Everyone had a really nice day, and I was proud of them.”
Erickson is the lone senior for the Gazelles, who have finished in the top three each of the past two seasons.