|Bearcat golfers claim home title|
|September 24, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Scottsbluff sophomore Shelby Poynter claimed her first individual title as the Lady Bearcats took the championship on Saturday in their home invitational at the Scotts Bluff Country Club with a team score of 352.
Poynter carded an 82 to lead the field. Teammate Hannah Holloway was in second just two strokes back at 84. And, Rachel Hancock, who Coach Mike Klein said has been getting steadily better, shot her best round ever with a 91 to place fourth among individual scorers.
The rest of the Bearcat team also medaled in the top 10. Karlie Johnson finished in sixth, carding a 95, and Jordyn Hoxworth in 10th with a 101.
“Shelby has worked really hard to get to where she is now,” Klein said. “The mental part of her game is getting a lot better. She’s still basically learning how to play the game.”
He added that Holloway is the same. Before the season is over, he expect one or both of them to turn in a fantastic round.
Scottsbluff was coming off a two-day competition at the Casper Invitational on Thursday and Friday. Klein said that while some people might expect some fatigue to set in, it didn’t happen at their home event. “We played 72 holes of golf in five days of tournament play, and I guarantee it helped us.”
Klein said that while he doesn’t worry as much about Poynter and Holloway, he needs solid performances from everyone to compete at state. Fortunately, the entire team is improving with each event.
Gering carded 412 as a team to finish in third place. The Bulldogs also claimed two individual top-10 medals. Jaylen Beam shot a 96 for eighth place while teammate Allyssa Hoagland finished ninth with 101.
In Division II, the Gering Junior Varsity took the team title with 452. Individually, Afton Mitchell finished third, carding 102, followed by Megan Maser in fourth, 106. Jayda Ahrens placed 10th with a 115.
On Monday, Gering was on the road at the Ogallala Invitational. Sidney took the title with a team score of 371. Host Ogallala placed second with a 393 total, McCook was third with a 395, and Gering was fourth with 399.
Coach Jessica Boswell said that although the course was tough to play, Ogallala still ended on a positive note. It was the first time the Bulldogs finished under 400 this season.
Gering’s Jaylen Beam was the only player to break into the top 10, carding a 96 for eighth place overall and first place for the Bulldogs.
Teammate Allysa Hoagland shot a 99 to finish second. DJ Bokelman and Baily Kreider both carded 102 for third and fourth places, respectively. Ashley Mitchell rounded out the team with a 127.
“We still have some work to do before districts and we want to continue to lower our score and get four of our top five to break the 100 mark. So, we can get a team score closer to 380,” Boswell said. “We are in a tough district, and it’s going to take better scores than we have been shooting to qualify for state this year.”
She said the team will continue to practice on weak areas, and work on their short game. The district tournament is coming up in two weeks.