Hort 7th in Bulldogs’ golf debut
     2013-03-28      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Gering sophomore Baily Hort can only hope his season-opening golf success in March carries over and improves as April and May approach.

Hort, who qualified for the state wrestling tournament in February, led the Bulldog boys’ golf team Friday in the North Platte Invitational season-opening tournament.

Hort, making his first appearance on Gering’s varsity ladder, carded an 85 that earned him the seventh-place medal.

“I was really excited for Baily to shoot as well as he did,” Gering
coach Keaton Green said. “He’s come so far in the last year. He came out as a freshman last year and had hardly any golf experience. But he put in his time over the summer and got out and played every day and worked on his game, and it really showed that he did spend that time.

“Especially in a tournament like North Platte, the Iron Eagle course is not a very easy course, and under the cold conditions for him to go out and fire an 85, I was really impressed with that.”
Green otherwise saw plenty of room for improvement of the other Bulldog golfers as they prepare for their second tournament – and a lot of other teams’ season-opening event, including Scottsbluff’s – on Tuesday at the Sidney Invitational.

Alex Lupher led the other Gering linksters with a 109, followed by Austin Kaufman at 110, Kraiger Ebbers with a 112 and Damian Hort at 120.

“I know that they are capable of better scores, and to see them in the hundreds like they were was disappointing for them,” Green said. “But it was the first tournament, I know there are a lot of nerves going on with the first tournament, so we have it behind us now and we can look forward to Sidney on Tuesday.”

The host North Platte Bulldogs won their tournament’s team title with a four-player score of 332, 15 strokes ahead of runner-up Grand Island. Cameron Bargell led North Platte with his winning total of 75, six strokes ahead of runner-up Eric Marble of Hastings.

“I think the cold got to all of the guys, in the whole field,” Green said. “Some of the scores from the other teams were higher than I was expecting overall. But it was just cold and gray.”

After Sidney, the Bulldogs will play in the Mitchell tourney on April 9. Gering’s home invitational will be May 2.

“We just need to keep ourselves mentally fit during the rounds so we are not making those errors and costing ourselves some strokes,” Green said. “I think the mental part will be a part over the next few weeks.”

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