Golf swings into season

Leslie Silverman
The Hill City golf team finished in fifth place in the opening golf tournament at the Elks Golf Course in Rapid City. The tournament featured nine teams and according to coach Josh Daiss it was a good first tournament with a lot of young kids who contributed to the team’s success.
This year there are 10 golfers on the Rangers’ team—nine boys  and one girl.
Hill City usually attracts many golfers to its team. Daiss thinks perhaps it is because golf is a game parents encourage kids  to play, and one they can play their entire lives.
“It’s a life sport. It’s neat in that regard. It appeals to a lot of different people,” Daiss said.
Last year Hill City had two golfers who qualified for the state tournament—Leo Daiss and Zane Messick. 
Daiss placed 14th out of 43 golfers with a score of 93 at the Elks tournament. Messick recently injured his hand.
According to Daiss  there are four other golfers who are really close in ability who are fighting for varsity spots. They finished very close to one another at the Elks.
The team also has two middle school golfers who “will contribute not only this year but for years to come.”
The lone returning female golfer, Annie Johnson, a senior this season, will try to qualify for the state tournament.
The Rangers travel to Wall for play April 19.

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