Holloway powers Bearcats to district golf title
     2013-05-16      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo - Scottsbluff senior Andrew Holloway takes a swing at the Scottsbluff Invite on May 7. Holloway led the Bearcats to the district golf championship with a score of 4 under par 68. 
Senior’s 68 paces Scottsbluff to 299 team score; Bayard’s Blanco qualifies

While the temperatures – which just 12 days earlier were cold enough to blanket the Scotts Bluff Country club with one last unseasonable snow – soared into record-breaking 90s Monday, so too did many of the scores climb in the District B-4 boys’ golf tournament.

Scottsbluff senior Andrew Holloway, on the other hand, was either playing on another planet or – most likely – was in a zone all his own.

Holloway, the 2010 Class B state medalist and three-time top-five finisher, burned up the back nine holes for a 33 on his way to posting a score of 4-under-par 68 in running away with the district medalist title.

Holloway’s score paced the host Bearcats to a winning team score of 299, just six days after they combined for a season-best 293 in winning the Scottsbluff Invitational.

“He’s playing pretty good right now, and I hope it continues for another week,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said of Holloway. “He just played well.”

Senior Michael Hadden came in fourth at 76, while sophomore Koy Potthoff shot 77 for seventh place and freshman Jonah Wright carded a 78 for eighth. Junior Curtis Welsh rounded out the Bearcats’ ladder with an 84 while playing despite a case of mononucleosis.
“Curtis toughed it out and played, so that was good,” Klein said.
The Bearcats take their district title games to the Class B State Tournament, which begins Tuesday and continues through Wednesday at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course in Grand Island.

“We just want to stay where we’re at, get a little better, work on a few things that we haven’t been able to work on,” Klein said of the final week of practice in leading to state. “It looks like we’re going to have some more good weather.

McCook, which had the second- and third-place individuals, finished a strong second in the team standings at 315, while Holdrege claimed the third and final state team berth with its 339.
“McCook’s a good team and they are going to be tough to beat,” Klein said in looking toward the state tournament. “We’re going to have to go out and play well to beat them.”

The Bison had senior Sean Backer finish second at 75 and freshman Noah Hofman come in third at 76, the same count junior Mackenzie Alspaugh had in falling into the fifth position behind Hadden.
Gering finished 10th in the 12-team race with a 374. The Bulldogs’ lone junior, Austin Kaufman, finished as the team leader with his 85, five strokes out of the top 10.

Sophomore Alex Lupher followed at 94, with sophomore Kraiger Eggers shooting 96, sophomore Baily Hort next at 99 and freshman Mason Marsh at 120.

“I think Austin was pleased overall,” Gering coach Keaton Green said. “He had one bad hole on the par-3 12th, which how he got to 44 on the back nine. He was kind of close to that 80 mark.”
Green said the district experience should be invaluable for the Bulldogs as they play over the summer and prepare for next spring.

“We talked briefly about how young we are and how this was good experience for them to play in the district tournament, because for all of them except Kaufman, this was their first district meet,” Green said. “Even though the scores didn’t fall as low as we wanted, it’s going to pay off the next couple of years for all of them.”

Bayard sixth in C-5
After having won four team titles in its five meets this abbreviated spring season, the Bayard Tigers were blocked from the top three teams in the District C-5 meet at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course in Kearney.

Bayard finished sixth in the team results with a 373, which was eight strokes away from matching a third-place tie between Chase County and Perkins County – won on the tiebreak by Chase County. Valentine won the team title with a 334 and Kearney Catholic was second at 343.

Bayard coach Jim Roberts said the Tigers practiced well in playing Meadowlark Hills on Sunday, but their games didn’t seem to make the jump to Monday.

“They felt pretty good about their games, their swings and the course, and felt they had the skills necessary to score pretty well, but then it just didn’t happen today,” Roberts said Monday night.
Junior Trae Blanco placed ninth to qualify as an individual, carding an 82. Kearney Catholic junior Sam Sommers led the field with a 73, winning by two strokes over Kimball junior runner-up Henry Heeg.

Junior Joe Hernandez followed by shooting 88, while senior Tyson Schmunk came in at 90, junior David Schuler shot 113 and junior Richard Kadayso carded 126.

“I am proud of the team,” Roberts said. “They have not only golfed well all year long, but they have displayed really great character. It’s been a pleasure to coach them. I’m just sorry to see the season end the way it did.

“Most of the guys we have with the exception of Tyson are juniors, so we’ll be back as strong as ever, and hopefully next time we’ll come out on top or at least a little closer to the top.”
Mitchell finished seventh in the team race at 377 and had no individual state qualifiers.

Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln will be the site for the Class C State Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the District D-5 tournament, conducted at Sidney’s Hillside Golf Course, the lone area team was Morrill. The Lions finished in 10th with a 489; Hemingford won the team title at 402.

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