Krzyzanowski finishes prep career as 4th state medalist, Rahmig 15th : Scottsbluff 3rd as team, young Gering squad finishes in 4th
     2012-10-15      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen Gering senior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski keeps her eye on the ball during the recent Best in the West tournament held at Monument Shadows. Krzyzanowski placed fourth in the state tournament this week. 
Gering senior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski bettered her score in the second day of play Tuesday in the Class B State Girls’ Golf Championships in Lincoln.

But Krzyzanowski, a four-time state medalist, had to settle for the fourth-place medal after her count of 80 gave her a two-day total of 18-over-par 162 at Mahoney Golf Course.

As a team, the Bulldogs nearly matched their first-round, second-place total of 361 by carding 365 on Tuesday. But the difference, combined with Scottsbluff’s 12-stroke improvement that pulled the Bearcats out of a fourth-place tie into third by meet’s end, left Gering in fourth at 726.

As a bonus, however, Gering also had sophomore Sam Rahmig earn the 15th-place medal in her first state tournament. Rahmig bettered her 89 from Monday by one stroke to finish in a tie for 14th at 177 but settled for the 15th and final medal in a tie break.

“Fourth is good, and looking back we had a really great season and it’s remarkable how far we’ve come the past two years,” second-year Gering coach Annie Boggs said after the Bulldogs placed first or second in every tournament that counted team scores this fall — with three team titles and six runner-up finishes, plus the lowest team score in the Best in the West Classic.

“And to have two medalists in Kaitlyn and Sam gives us a lot of positives.”

Rahmig said her round Tuesday began with more negatives, however.

“On the front nine, nothing was dropping and I wasn’t very happy,” Rahmig said of Tuesday’s wind-plagued second round. “But on the back nine I shot 40 and I was dropping some really long putts.”

Krzyzanowski had the third-best score in Tuesday’s final round, but there was no stopping McCook senior Kaylee Samway.

Samway not only maintained her first-round lead but secured top-medalist honors by carding a 1-under-par 71 for a 148 total and victory over Elkhorn South junior Nicolle Barmettler by nine strokes. Elkhorn South senior Ann Pearson, last year’s state medalist champion, came in at 160 (79-81).

“The weather was typical for this time of year, cold and windy, but obviously with Samway hitting a 71 it didn’t bother her much,” Boggs said. “She just went out and had the best day of her career.”

Krzyzanowski finished second to Pearson in 2011 and — before she transferred to Gering from Scottsbluff — was third as a sophomore after finishing in a tie for 15th as a freshman in 2009.

“Of course we would have liked to have seen Kaitlyn finish a little higher, but she has had an outstanding high school career,” Boggs said of Krzyzanowski, who entered the state meet as the District B-4 champion and with eight tournament titles in each of her junior and senior seasons.

Rahmig said she will carry her first state experience into a hard-working off-season of preparation for next fall.

“We’ll just keep up the hard work,” she said. “I worked all summer for this and it’s exciting to see what the outcome is.”

Gering junior Kendall Bayne, who was tied for 13th after Monday’s first round of 87, slipped to a tie for 21st after her Tuesday round of 95 left her with a 182 total.

Gering junior Amber Fertig and sophomore Ashlyn Schultz, who were tied for 53rd at 103 after Monday’s round, finished separated by one stroke and two places. Schultz followed with a 101 for a 204 total and a tie for 50th, while Fertig completed Tuesday at 102 for a 205 and a tie for 52nd.

Gering’s scores were fairly steady from the first round, but the Bulldogs — in second after Monday’s first-day action at 361 — slipped to fourth after Scottsbluff’s 12-stroke improvement. The Bearcats, tied for fourth after carding a 367 on Monday, turned in a 355 count Tuesday for a 722 total.

Elkhorn South (328-333 — 661) won the Class B title again and McCook was second at 696 after matching its first-day count of 348 on Tuesday. Elkhorn South had all five of its team members finish among the top 16.

“They were putting better today,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said of the Bearcats’ rounds Tuesday. “Yesterday (Monday), they putted a lot more. Today they hit the ball better and their short games were better.”

Junior Kim Moore bagged Scottsbluff’s only top-15 medal with her six-stroke improvement in a two-day score of 90-84 — 174, which was good enough for a tie for 11th place. Moore finished Monday’s first round in a tie for 20th place.

Moore had Bearcat company in the top 20 in junior Megan Pilkington (89-90) in a tie for 17th at 179 with Alliance’s Danielle Brennan (87-92) — the same position in which Pilkington was after Monday’s round — while Scottsbluff sophomore Jordan York (93-88 — 181) finished in a tie for 19th, improving nine spots from Monday.

Also for Scottsbluff, senior Ashlee Pilkington finished in a four-way for 29th after finishing at 95-93 — 188, improving her final placement by three spots. Freshman Hannah Holloway finished in a tie for 58th after following her opening round of 102 with a 113 for 215 total.

“It was fine,” Klein said of the Bearcats’ second straight third-place finish, from which only Ashlee Pilkington will graduate in May.

Scottsbluff preceded the two straight bronze-medal team finishes with three straight Class B team championships, four of the previous five and five in eight seasons. The foundation for that return to golden glory is in the works, Klein said.

“A lot of the girls haven’t played golf but two or three years, and they are getting more consistent,” he said. “We have all but one back and another who was injured (junior Morgan Lease), and these girls will play a lot and they’ll come back next year.”


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