Bearcat girls golf anticipates big season
     2013-08-22      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Tim Barr/Gering Citizen - The Scottsbluff Bearcat Girls’ Golf Team members are front row from left, Jordyn Hoxworth, Rachel Hancock and Hailey Sanderson; back row, Megan Pilkington, Hannah Holloway, Coach Mike Klein, Kim Moore, Jalee Pilkington, Jocelyn Bruner and Jordan York. 
SCOTTSBLUFF – A high school golf team’s success oftentimes is determined by how well its players dedicated themselves during the off-season.

Besides the fact that the Scottsbluff girls lost just one senior from last year, and also gained a state qualifier by transfer, the Bearcats will look to capitalize on their hard work from summer tournaments and perhaps improve on their team’s two straight Class B State Tournament third-place finishes.

“Most of them played all summer, so practice hasn’t been a big deal,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said. “I think it’s kind of boring for all of them. They had to take two weeks off and they just want to play some more.”

Senior Kim Moore was tied for 11th at state as a junior, while senior Megan Pilkington tied for 17th and junior Jordan York tied for 19th.

A state veteran but Scottsbluff newcomer is JaLee Pilkington, who transferred to SHS from Bayard after scoring a tie for 11th in the Class C State Tournament last year.

“Our top four is pretty set and is pretty interchangeable, and whoever scores lowest in the last tournament will play No. 1, then 2, 3 and 4,” Klein said. “Our fifth spot is kind of open and we’re working to see who’s going to play.”

Sophomore Hannah Holloway was the Bearcats’ No. 5 golfer at state and finished in a tie for 58th. Klein said Holloway will start the year as Scottsbluff’s No. 5 player with competition that could bring forth varsity newcomers.

In 2011, York finished in a tie for 14th and Moore and Megan Pilkington were among a tie for 17th.
“The biggest thing is that we need to be consistent,” Klein said. “They have all broken 80 at some time or another. If they shoot above 82, that’s probably not that great a day for them. We just need to stay away from the blow-up scores and stuff like that.”
The Bearcats open play Friday at the Scotts Bluff Country Club with an event that was hoped to be a quadrangular. As of Monday, however, only Bridgeport was committed to playing in the competition. Klein said Scottsbluff looks to have schools that the Bearcats don’t see that often.

The Sidney Invitational on Aug. 30 will be the Bearcats’ first full tournament.

Scottsbluff schedule
Aug. 23 Scottsbluff vs. Bridgeport, 4 p.m.
Aug. 30 at Sidney Invitational
Sept. 13-14 at Cheyenne Central Invitational
Sept. 17 at Gothenburg Invitational
Sept 21 Scottsbluff Invitational, 9 a.m.
Sept. 23 at Ogallala Invitational
Sept. 28 at Alliance Invitational
Oct. 4 GNAC Tournament at McCook
Oct. 7 District B-4 Tournament at Alliance
Oct. 14-15 Class B State Tournament at Lincoln
Scottsbluff schedule
Aug. 23 Scottsbluff vs. Bridgeport, 4 p.m.
Aug. 30 at Sidney Invitational
Sept. 13-14 at Cheyenne Central Invitational
Sept. 17 at Gothenburg Invitational
Sept 21 Scottsbluff Invitational, 9 a.m.
Sept. 23 at Ogallala Invitational
Sept. 28 at Alliance Invitational
Oct. 4 GNAC Tournament at McCook
Oct. 7 District B-4 Tournament at Alliance
Oct. 14-15 Class B State Tournament at Lincoln

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