Scottsbluff places four in top 10 to win team title at Sidney
     2013-08-29      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski/Gering Citizen - The 2013 Gering girls’ golf team includes, from left: Back row – Jaylen Beam, Baily Kreider, Kaitlyn Wagoner, Amanda Kilthau, Allysa Hoagland and Coach Jessica Boswell. Front row – Jasie Beam, Kendall Bayne, Sam Rahmig and Amber Fertig. 
Gering's Rahmig, Bulldogs finish 4th in hot Sidney meet
Scottsbluff places four in the top 10 to win team title at heat-baked season opener


A blazing hot day at Sidney’s Hillside Golf Course led to some high scores for the season-opening Sidney Invitational tournament on Tuesday.

McCook senior Megan Vetrovsky led all heat-baked individuals with a 6-over-par 78, while Scottsbluff led the team race with a four-girl score of 350 to best Vetrovsky’s Bison by 14 strokes.

Gering had the nod for fourth place in both individual and team races. Led by junior Sam Rahmig’s 85, the Bulldogs finished the team competition with a score of 375, which was just one stroke behind Sidney’s third-place quartet count.

“For our first open meet, we did all right,” first-year Gering coach Jessica Boswell said Tuesday night. “Sidney is a tough course so we were pleased, and we will look to improve on some things before we go back on Friday.”

Friday is the Western Conference Tournament, and Sidney tournament directors elected to move up the starting time to 8 a.m. in the hopes of avoiding more predicted, hot, mid-afternoon temperatures.
Following Rahmig’s fourth-place finish for Gering were seniors Kendall Bayne at 93 and Amber Fertig at 97, with Jasie Beam next at 109 and Kaitlynn Wagoner carding a 116.

“It was extremely hot,” Boswell said of the day’s overwhelming factor. “There was a girl who had to be taken to the hospital because she was overheated. By the time the girls finished, they were all really hot.”

Scottsbluff’s victory was paved by junior Jordan York and senior Kim Moore, who both shot rounds of 85. York finished third in a scorecard playoff, while Moore earned sixth place in the card comparison.

Two other Bearcats finished as top-10 medalists. Senior Megan Pilkington scored an 89 to place eighth, and senior cousin and Bayard transfer JaLee Pilkington carded with a 91 to place 10th in her first tournament for Scottsbluff. Bearcat sophomore Hannah Holloway rounded out the SHS ladder with a 96.

While Gering, Scottsbluff, Chadron, Mitchell and Alliance will rejoin Sidney on Friday for the Western Conference Tournament at Hillside, other regional teams will kick off their season Thursday at the Bayard Invitational.

“We’re going to get in a few practice sessions and just work on some individual things that the girls had trouble with, whether it’s on the driving range, or their chips or their putting,” Boswell said of the Bulldogs’ limited course-time plans before Friday’s conference tournament.

“Nobody was terribly bad, but for the opening meet there were a little bit of nerves, and it took some of them a few holes for them to get started. We’ll just go out and shoot to improve on our team score and hopefully our individual scores will improve on Friday for Western Conference, so we can be in the top three.”

Jaylen Beam of Gering’s junior varsity participated in the Sidney meet’s Division II competition and finished in ninth at 14. Sidney’s Theda Parker took the Division II medalist honor by shooting 103.

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