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Central duo takes first at modified golf tourney

Aberdeen Central’s Emma Dohrer watches her approach shot on the third hole at Lee Park Golf Course during the Hub City Invitational. Dohrer teamed with Hayley Wirebaugh to take first place a tourney Tuesday in Brandon. Photo by John Davis taken 4/28/2022

BRANDON – The format may have been different, but the success was still the same for Aberdeen Central at the Lynx Invitational golf tournament on Tuesday.

The duo of Emma Dohrer and Hayley Wirebaugh won the event with a total of 71. The Golden Eagles were second in team points. The team of Olivia Braun and Kyley Wirebaugh was fifth with a 78, and Leah Gough and Morgan Jones were seventh with an 82.

Play featured six holes of scramble, six of alternate shots and six of best ball.

Zimmerman said his two-player teams were selected randomly.

“We just drew them out of a hat. We talked about it. I’ve done it different ways in the past,” Zimmerman said. “They were all for it. We agreed upon it and that’s how the pairings came out and we went with that.”

While the tourney featured more of a relaxed setting, Zimmerman said the players still tried to get some things accomplished.

“We practiced a little bit on Friday with that format and them playing with their partners, so they kind of got a taste of it,” Zimmerman said. “I don’t think a lot of them had played at least one or two of those formats before so it was kind of new to them. There’s some strategy involved with a couple of those with who hits first and who putts first.”

Zimmerman said the unique tourney provided a good opportunity between the conference tournament and the upcoming state tourney.

“Otherwise, you kind of have such a long layoff between ESD and the state tournament,” Zimmerman said.

The State AA Tournament will take place Monday and Tuesday in Brookings. The Golden Eagles will definitely be in the hunt for a state team championship.

“There’s no doubt we’re one of the favorites; we have to be with the meets that we’ve gone to this year and how we’ve finished with big fields, state tournament-caliber fields there,” Zimmerman said. “I would say there’s probably five other teams that would have to be in the mix as well that are very competent and capable of doing well down there.”

In the meantime, the Golden Eagles will attempt to fine tune their games and work on “anything and everything to make us better and hopefully play well down there,” Zimmerman said. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity and going down and competing Monday and Tuesday.”

Team Points: Yankton 16, Aberdeen Central 18, Sioux Falls Lincoln 56, Sioux Falls Washington 60, Sioux Falls Jefferson 73, O’Gorman 77, Brandon Valley 87.

Top 10 duos

1, Emma Dohrer-Hayley Wirebaugh, Aberdeen Central, 71; 2, (tie) Jillian Eidsness-Lizzy Schwartz, Yankton, 76, and Tatum Hohenthaner- Gracie Brockberg, Yankton, 76; 4, Ellia Homstad-Sabrina Krajewski, Yankton, 77; 5, Olivia Braun-Kyley Wirebaugh, Aberdeen Central, 78; 6, Mya Johnson-Brinly Sanderson, Harrisburg, 81; 7, Leah Gough-Morgan Jones, Aberdeen Central, 82; 8, Kinley Freese-Reese Husman, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 85; 9, (tie) Izzy Werth-Addi Rechnagel, Harrisburg, 88, and Olivia Schaefer-Lilian Kiesow, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 88.

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