Jun. 2—The wait was worth it for the Mitchell Kernels.
The Eastern South Dakota Conference girls golf tournament was originally scheduled for May 27, but inclement weather postponed it to Wednesday.
Playing on a pristine day for golf, the Kernels captured the ESD girls golf title with a 337 at Lakeview Golf Course.
"It would have taken a lot of the fun out of it, if we would have tried to play in that wind and rain the other day," Mitchell coach Mark Horan said. "That was the right call. It was a beautiful day."
The Kernels finished 12 shots better than second-place Harrisburg (349). Aberdeen Central (351) and Huron (356) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Horan wasn't sure the last time Mitchell won the girls ESD golf tournament, but said "It's been probably 20 years."
"What's rewarding is to see their efforts rewarded," Horan said. "I have never had a team work as hard as this team does and because of it, they are the ESD champs."
Mitchell senior Masy Mock, who shot a 3-over-par 75, echoed her coach's sentiments.
"It's very rewarding because we have been working really hard for this," Mock said. "It's just nice that all of us are putting in effort together and it's paying off."
Harrisburg's Reese Jansa was the individual medalist with a 1-under-par 71. Mock was not far off the pace with her 75 and finished in second place. She shot a 37 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine. Her round included two birdies and 11 pars.
"That's a pretty impressive round," Horan said. "The girl that beat her is really a player and so is Masy."
Mock was one of three Kernels to finish in the top-nine. Quinn Dannenbring shot an 83 to finish tied for fifth place, while Allison Meyerink posted an 85 and placed ninth.
Dannenbring shot a 39 on the back nine and was sitting at 1-under-par through 12 holes. Meyerink's round was highlighted by a 41 on the back nine.
Ella Flippin (94), Lara Widstrom (94) and Maddie Childs (99) rounded out the Kernel golfers.
"Everybody stepped up and played pretty well today. We've been pretty consistent all year with those golfers," said Horan, who praised assistant coach Jeff Meyerink for his role with the team this season.
"His title is the assistant, but he is the leader of this team," Horan said. "He does a tremendous job working with the girls."
Up next, the Kernels will play in the Class AA state girls tournament on June 7-8 at Bakker Crossing Golf Course in Sioux Falls.
Team scores: 1. Mitchell, 337; 2. Harrisburg, 349; 3. Aberdeen Central, 351; 4. Huron, 356; 5. Yankton, 359; 6. Pierre, 365; 7. Watertown, 374; 8. Brookings, 385; 9. Brandon Valley, 419.
Top-15 individual results: 1. Reese Jansa, Harrisburg, 71; 2. Masy Mock, Mitchell, 75; 3. Danielle Podoll, Aberdeen Central, 81; 4. Karlie Bigelow, Huron, 82; T-5. Quinn Dannenbring, Mitchell, 83; T-5. Halle Stephenson, Yankton, 83; T-5. Haley Nadeau, Pierre, 83; T-5. Riley Zebroski, Watertown, 83; 9. Allison Meyerink, Mitchell, 85; 10. Bryn Huber, Huron, 86; 11. Mattie Weidenbach, Harrisburg, 87; T-12. Leah Gough, Aberdeen Central, 88; T-12. Delilah Fuls, Brookings, 88; 14. Jillian Eidsness, Yankton, 89; T-15. Olivia Braun, Aberdeen Central, 90; T-15. Kenya Bigelow, Huron, 90.
Other Mitchell golfers: T-21. Ella Flippin, 94; T-21. Lara Widstrom, 94; T-35. Maddie Childs, 99.