Krzyzanowski, Schultz lead Bulldogs to own tourney win Gering tops Sidney by 5 strokes for 2nd title of year
     2012-09-14      By Terry Gaston   
Courtesy photo Members of the Gering Girls’ Golf team from left, Jasie Beam, Ashlynn Schultz, Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski, Kendall Bayne, Amber Fertig and Sam Rahmig display their winning team medals from the Gering Invitiational tournament Tuesday at the clubhouse of Monument Shadows Golf Course. Krzyzanowski also holds her first-place individual medal.  
GERING — Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski won the Gering Invitational girls’ golf tournament on Tuesday for the second straight season.
But the Bulldogs’ senior leader this year and last season said her greatest reward is receiving the team medals she and her teammates won with their victory at Monument Shadows Golf Course.

Led by Krzyzanowski’s 3-over-par 75 and sophomore Ashlynn Schultz’s seventh-place 90, the Bulldogs carded a four-player score of 354, finishing five strokes ahead of runner-up Sidney in the team battle.
Krzyzanowski needed to rally late in regulation to force a playoff with Chadron senior Kelli Haynes, which she won by sinking a 15-foot par putt on hole No. 1. Haynes had a similar putt but missed it left, ending the playoff with Krzyzanowski as the Gering tourney champion for the second straight year.

Of winning the tournament’s medalist honor for the second straight time, Krzyzanowski said this time meant “a lot more than the last one, but it’s my senior year and I really wanted to win my home invite.”

With Haynes in the clubhouse at 75, Krzyzanowski said she realized the situation with two holes remaining if she wanted a chance to repeat.

“There was lots of pressure, but I was three-putting a few times and I just didn’t put down a score I’d like to,” she said. “Going into the second-to-last hole I knew I was one down, and I knew I had to get up there to get a playoff going. I was putting a lot more pressure on myself.”

In the resulting playoff, Krzyzanowski’s tee shot landed about 25 yards left of the No. 1 green, while Haynes placed her tee shot just a few feet from the front fringe.

“I landed it a little long but sunk that putt,” Krzyzanowski said of the 15-footer. She had left the putt behind the hole with her chip second shot, on which she used a sand wedge.

“Everyone thought I had missed it, but I looked up when it was a little over halfway to the hole,” Krzyzanowski said of the group of about 20 that followed the playoff well behind her and Haynes. “Once I saw it, I knew it was going good.”

With her third individual title of the season at stake, Krzyzanowski said she implemented much of the pressure on herself to succeed in her home tournament.

“High-pressure situations are a good thing because they are going to push me to get better,” she said. “It helped a lot toward the end when I knew I had to make a par and I knew I needed to make a birdie. I think that helped in that aspect.”

Schultz, who was the No. 6 player on the Bulldogs’ ladder for Tuesday’s tourney, carded 45 on both sides of the course to record a seventh-place 90, although she was disappointed when discussing her score that she had missed two opportunities to lower her score. An 88 would have still given her the seventh-place medal regardless.
And two strokes back of the top 10 was junior Kendall Bayne, whose 94 (45-49) left her in a tie for 11th.

“I am really proud of them,” Krzyzanowski said of her teammates. “I love being on this team and they just work for it. They want to improve and it’s great seeing that.”

Gering’s other team members had junior Amber Fertig at 95 (46-49), junior sophomore Sam Rahmig finishing at 100 (49-51) and sophomore Jasie Beam came in at 101 (50-51).

“It’s always great to win your home invite,” said Gering coach Annie Boggs, whose team bettered its best team score of the season, a 357 in the Bulldogs’ second-place finish at North Platte on Aug. 30.
That performance came a week after Gering won the Western Conference Championships team title at Sidney, breaking Scottsbluff’s stronghold on the conference title since 2006.

Winning at Monument Shadows on Tuesday? Well, Boggs said that required a little extra effort on her players’ part.

“Going in, the girls put a lot of pressure upon themselves to succeed at home, so sometimes that is a tough thing to accomplish,” Boggs added. “It’s fortunate that we are six deep, but you can only take five to districts so they are always competing for that fifth spot, which is fine.”

Bayard junior JaLee Pilkington was the sixth-place medalist with her count of 87 in leaing other local area golfers. Scottsbluff had two junior varsity players in Joclyn Bruner (114) and Katelyn Lambert (117).

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