The Milbank Lady Bulldogs girls golf team completed its regular season with an invitational meet in Sisseton at the Valley View Golf Course Thursday, May 26. Milbank finished fourth in the team standings with a final score of 468.
Kylie Kasuske earned the top place for the locals. She finished fifth in the individual standings with a 18-hole round of 105. She tallied a 52 on the front nine and a 53 on the back. Alaina Rausch placed 14th overall with a 117 (62-55) to earn a medal in the event.
Other players rounding out the totals for Milbank were Mikaela Hoeke, 123 (65-58); Clare Van Dover, 123 (62-61), and Korinne Roggenbuck, 131 (66-65).
Madison won the meet with a team score of 396. Sisseton was second with a 441 while Aberdeen Roncalli took third with a 467. Rounding out the team scores were Groton Area, 502, and Redfield-Doland, 549.
The Lady Bulldogs have steadily improved its marks near the end of the 2016 high school season. The team took part in two recent events with meets in Groton and Watertown.
“I am very pleased with our team results the last two meets,” expressed Milbank head golf coach Mark Keeton. “We are not where we want to be, but we are starting to see big improvements.”
Thursday, May 19, the locals shot its lowest team score of the season thus far at the Groton Invitational with a 461. Milbank took second place in the team standings behind Aberdeen Roncalli with a 434. Groton finished third with a 497, and Redfield-Doland was fourth with a 516.
Kylie Kasuske placed second overall with a 105 (53-52). Shooting her lowest score ever was Clare VanDover with a 115 (57-58), good enough for eighth place. Mikaela Hoeke rounded out the place winners in 10th place with a 120 (58-62). Alaina Rausch shot a 121 (64-57) on the day.
Rounding out the scores for Milbank were Tori Quade, 127 (67-60); Korinne Roggenbuck, 135 (62-73), and Claire Mischel, 166 (78-88).
“Friday we spent the entire practice hitting shots in that 20-70 yard range,” explained Keeton. “I could see the improvement in this part of our game Monday (at Watertown) as we beat our Groton team score by nine strokes on a much harder course. We will continue to focus on this part of our game along with our putting. If we can tighten that part of our game up, we will see another big drop in the team score.”
Milbank wrapped up the Watertown Invitational Monday, May 23, with an eighth place finish at 452. Aberdeen Central won the event with a 336. Brookings was second at 352 while Harrisburg placed third with a 364. Pierre landed in fourth place with a 367; Watertown, fifth, 402; Mitchell, sixth, 406, and Aberdeen Roncalli, seventh, 434.
Kasuske led the locals in 28th place with a 102 (51-51). Hoeke placed 41st with a 115 (56-59) while Quade was close behind in 42nd, also with a 115 (58-57). Van Dover finished 43rd with a 120 (58-62), Rausch, 44th, 121 (58-63), and Roggenbuck, 49th, 137 (61-76).