Bulldog golfers score season-best at Ogallala: Krzyzanowski wins 3rd straight medalist title
     2012-09-21      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen Gering senior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski, shown in a tournament at Monument Shadows last season, won her fifth top individual medal of the season at the Ogallala Invitational on Monday and led the Bulldogs to their third team title.  
­When Gering girls' golf coach Annie Boggs posted the results Monday from the Ogallala Invitational, she said simply but firmly, "It's a great day to be a Bulldog!"

Indeed it was. With Gering senior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski's season-best round of an even-par 73 leading the way, the Bulldogs won their second tournament team title in a week in which they also finished second to the host Bearcats in the Scottsbluff Invitational on Saturday.

Gering won its third team title of the season with a four-player score of 343 at Ogallala's West Wind Golf Course. The Bulldogs edged Scottsbluff by three strokes and district rival McCook by six.
The victory also gave the Bulldogs their lowest team count of the season, lowering their winning total from the Sept. 11 Gering Invitational by a staggering 11 strokes.

Gering junior Amber Fertig and sophomore Sam Rahmig both tied at 10th with an 88, with Fertig taking the medal on a scorecard tie break. Sophomore Ashlynn Schultz finished with a 94 and junior Kendall Bayne finished with a 96.

Scottsbluff junior Kim Moore led the Bearcats’ runner-up performance by finishing in fourth with an 81. Scottsbluff junior Megan Pilkington was fifth with an 85 and senior Ashlee Pilkington was seventh with an 87. Rounding out the Bearcats' scores, sophomore Jordan York shot a 93 and Hannah Holloway carded a 99.

Monday's victory came two days after Gering finished second to Scottsbluff in the Bearcats' tourney at Scotts Bluff Country Club with a 365. When the individual results were posted and broken into decadents, only Krzyzanowski's name appeared in the 70s column with her day's best round of 79.

Gering had the ninth medalist in Schultz after her round of 92. Other scores for the Bulldogs were Rahmig at 96, Bayne with a 98 and Fertig at 100.

The second- through fifth-place medals were all claimed by Bearcats, whose cumulative scores totaled 342. Megan Pilkington was second at 82, while Moore and York both shot 85 but Moore took third in a scorecard tie break. Ashlee Pilkington was fifth at 90, and Holloway turned in a 106.

Not only was Krzyzanowski the only golfer to break 80 on Saturday, she was the lone participant to break 40 on either half of the course, with her 38 on the front nine -- an area where most of the competitors shot the highest part of their scores.

"I think I was a little more consistent on the front, and the front might be a little bit longer and I really like it longer because I can bomb it down there and then have to hit as many short shots," Krzyzanowski said. "I like that a lot more and I think that helps me more."

For Krzyzanowski, the win was her second straight medalist victory at the Scottsbluff meet.

"I play out here a lot because it's closer to my house, so I play both Gering and here a lot," said Krzyzanowski, who with Monday's win has five victories on the season. "Plus it's a lot harder course than what we play mostly everywhere else. So it feels pretty good to come out on top."

Boggs said she was pleased with the Bulldogs' consistency in the ladder.

"I think we're doing pretty well, especially at this point in the season," Boggs said. "By the end, we should be doing pretty well."
Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein sized up what will be a brutal district team race when the District B-5 meet takes place in Holdrege on Oct. 1.

"Districts will be Scottsbluff and Gering, and probably McCook and Sidney, so we're just going to have to go and play well," Klein said.

"The top four girls are capable of shooting in the 80s. We have two more that are hurt and we don't know if we're going to get them back, but we're going to go with what we've got."

Both Gering and Scottsbluff will have junior varsity entries joining smaller schools' varsity squads Thursday at the Bridgeport Invitational, while both the Bulldog and Bearcat varsity teams will be at the Alliance Invitational on Saturday.

Gering will play host to the Best in the West tournament next Wednesday, and Scottsbluff's next action will be Friday, Sept. 28, at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships at Lexington.

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