Wildcat golfers place ninth at state meet

The Custer High School Wildcat girls golf team played in the Class A State Tournament last Monday and Tuesday and came out in ninth place with a score of 805. The top three teams were Sioux Falls Christian, Vermillion and St. Thomas More (STM), with scores at 687, 695 and 709, respectively.
Winning the tournament  with 156 strokes was STM’s Rylan Horning, a freshman. The win continues a family legacy for Horning as her mother, Ashley Horning, once won the Class B state golf tournament for STM in 1997.
On top for the Wildcats was Shauna Zacher, who tied for 41st place with Makenna Jacobson of STM, each with 194 strokes.
Just five strokes behind at 199 strokes was Custer’s Jordyn Uphoff, who ended up in a three-way tie for 48th place with Winner’s Tessa Mann and Parkston’s Kayla Neugebauer.
Neck and neck were Wildcats Quinn Lewison and Amber Layton. Lewison finished in 60th with 206 strokes and Layton, just behind, with 207. Layton tied with Allyson Kattke of Hot Springs for 61st place.
Lauryn Robb scored 227 and rounded out the Wildcat roster at the state meet. Her score was good for 82nd place at the tournament.
Helping the Wildcats at the state meet was the fact that they had already seen the course several times from previous meets.
“I think they were well-prepared for the course, which helped,” said head coach Haley Uphoff, who said that preparedness allowed the team to settle the nerves that come with the pressure of teeing off at the state tournament.
One setback was the team’s short-game, something they have been working on this season.
“The greens are still pretty hard. Those gave us some trouble here and there,” said Uphoff.
Uphoff was happy with the results of the meet and the overall season, she said. She was especially pleased with the individual results of the players, which show growth from last year. In fact, many golfers improved upon their scores from last year’s state tournament by about 20 strokes. Last year, they placed 13th out 14 teams.
“This season and last season were building years,” said Uphoff, who also said she expects the still-young team to be contenders to place in the top six at state in coming years.

 

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