Huron golfers finish eighth in Class AA tourney

PHOTO COURTESY OF SDPB Huron’s Libby Picek hits a drive during the final round of the Class AA State Girls’ Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Bakker Crossing Golf Course in Sioux Falls.

Huber, Bigelow earn All-State honors for Tigers

SIOUX FALLS — The Huron Tigers golfers cut their team score by 17 strokes on the second day of the Class “AA” Girls’ State Golf Tournament on Tuesday and moved up one spot in the crowded team standings to finish the season with an eighth-place finish at the tournament.

With every golfer in the top 15 posting higher scores Tuesday than in Monday’s opening round, Tiger golfers moved up in the individual standings and wound up within 12 strokes of the top five as they closed strong. Huron ended with a two-day total of 699, in eighth-place, one shot back of Sioux Falls Lincoln, two back of Yankton and 12 behind fifth-place Rapid City Stevens.

O’Gorman, buoyed by three players in the top five, walked away with the team title, carding a two-day total of 622, to finish with a 35-stroke cushion over runner-up Mitchell’s total of 657. Aberdeen Central was third, nine strokes back and Harrisburg finished fourth.

Reese Jansa of Harrisburg cooled slightly from her tournament-leading five-under Monday score to wind up with an eight-under score of 134 to easily take medalist honors. O’Gorman golfers finished 2-3-4 in the individual standings, as Shannon McCormick carded a two-day total of 145, and teammates Lauren Sutcliffe and Emily Kolb ended with totals of 151 and 152, respectively. Masy Mock ended with a 153 to forge into the top five for Mitchell.

Huron’s Bryn Huber fired a second day 77, carving 10 strokes off her opening round, which pushed her into 15th place in the standings.

Karlie Bigelow shot 78 on Tuesday, which is 11 strokes less than on Monday, propelling her into a tie for 16th. With their performances, both Huber and Karlie Bigelow will earn All-State recognition.

Kenya Bigelow cut her Monday score by a single stroke and ended tied for 32nd and Libby Picek carded a 98 on Tuesday, putting her in a tie for 49th in the state.

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