Lady Bulldog Marion Mischel found herself in a three-way tie for second place after the scores were tallied at the Region 1-A golf meet at the Madison Country Club on May 26.
Keva Bersheim, a senior from Flandreau, took first place. She carded an 85. Mischel, Alison Vicanti from Madison, and Julia Steffensen from Sioux Valley each carded an 89. To break the tie, the tournament used the number of shots each golfer recorded on the back nine. Mischel had 47, and Vicanti and Steffensen each had 45. Mischel ended up in fourth place, but more importantly she secured a berth at the state tournament coming up June 6-7 at Bakker Crossing Golf Course in Sioux Falls.
Those top- four golfers will be joined by the other top-15 finishers.
1. Keva Bershiem, Flandreau, 85; 2. Alison Vacanti, Madison, 89; 3. Julia Steffensen, Sioux Valley, 89; 4. Marion Mischel, Milbank, 89; 5. Abby Palmquist, Madison, 92; 6. Jayme Schmidt, Dell Rapids, 93; 7. Abby Greenhoff, Dell Rapids, 94; 8. Claire Crawford, Roncalli, 96; 9. Caitlyn Cradduck, Sioux Valley, 96; 10. Grace Seyer, Roncalli, 97; 11. Margaret Anderson, Roncalli, 97; 12. Julia Dossett, Madison 97; 13. Elliott Hortness, Sisseton, 100; 14. Carly Guthmiller, Groton Area, 101; 15. Natalie Berg, Dell Rapids, 102; 16. Olivia Flemming, Madison, 103; 17. Eleni Sims, Madison, 103; 18. Halee Bohnet, Sioux Valley 104; 19. Stephanie Buchman, Tri-Valley 105.
As a team, Milbank shot a 430 and just missed qualifying for the state tournament as only the top-four teams advance. Madison posted a 381 to win the meet. Sioux Valley was second at 397, Dell Rapids was third at 409, and Aberdeen Roncalli took the last spot at 410.
Groton Area was a distant sixth at 495. Sisseton, Flandreau, and Tri-Valley golfers competed in the regional event, but did not field enough golfers to qualify for the team competition.
“The Lady Bulldogs saved their best golf for the Region 1A tournament,” Mark Keeton, head coach at MHS, said. “As a coach, that’s all I can ask. I’m very proud of how the girls competed and represented Milbank. We posted a season-low team score of 430 and three of the girls each posted season lows.”
Lady Bulldogs Ella Kasuske (109) and Shaylee Schuchard (113) finished just outside the cut line. Sophomores Jaclyn Wiik and Camilia Monroy shot a 119 and a128 respectively. “There were some very solid scores this year,” Keeton stated. “Last year, our 430 would have gained us a second- place finish, and we would have qualified (for State) as a team.”