Gering places 3rd in North Platte golf meet; Bearcats win Cheyenne tourney, remain unbeaten in 3 events
     2013-09-12      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
In what all golf coaches players have to hope will be the last heat-sweltering action of the season, the Gering girls finished a solid third place Friday in the North Platte Invitational.

In Cheyenne, the Scottsbluff Bearcats increased their season-starting team victory streak to three by winning the two-day Cheyenne Invitational on Thursday and Friday.

Gering coach Jessica Boswell said the temperature at North Platte reached 104 degrees, forcing slower play on the hilly course.

Sidney and McCook finished tied in the team standings at 363, with Sidney winning a playoff for the first-place trophy. Gering was a solid third at 372, finishing ahead of Millard West’s 388 and North Platte’s 401 that rounded out the top five.

“We were pleased with how we did,” Boswell said. “For the most part, the girls were pleased. They all knew they could have shaved a couple strokes off their scores, so they all know there’s room for improvement as the season goes on.”

Gering senior Kendall Bayne led the Bulldogs individually with a fifth-place finish with her score of 88 and winning a three-way scorecard playoff. Bulldog junior Sam Rahmig, coming off her medalist performance at the Western Conference Tournament on Aug. 30, finished eighth with an 89.

Junior Jasie Beam carded a 95 but lost a scorecard playoff for the 10th-place medal. Senior Fertig was next for the Bulldogs with a 100, and Kaitlyn Wagoner came in at 121.

Gering competed at Chadron on Tuesday, and the Bulldogs’ junior varsity players will compete in Mitchell’s invitational on Thursday.

Gering will join the Bearcats and several other area teams Saturday in the annual Scottsbluff Invitational, starting at 9 a.m. at the Scotts Bluff Country Club.

The Bulldogs then will play host to the Gering Invitational on Tuesday, with action at Monument Shadows Golf Course teeing off at 9 a.m.

“Our goal we set at the beginning of the year was a team score of 350, so we want to keep improving so we can hopefully get there hopefully by the end of the season,” Boswell said.

Scottsbluff won the Cheyenne tournament with three-player scores, used in Wyoming competition, of 251 each day for a 502 total. When expanded to four-player scores, the Bearcats turned in counts of 338 and 339 for a 677 total.

Senior JaLee Pilkington, a transfer from Bayard, led Scottsbluff with a third-place total of 163. Pilkington followed her Thursday score of 84 with her first sub-80 count of 79 on Friday.

Senior Megan Pilkington came in fifth with matching 84s to score 168 for the two days. Junior Jordan York came in eighth at 174, with scores of 83 and 91, while senior Kim Moore was ninth at 175 (87-88). Sophomore Hannah Holloway rounded out the Bearcats’ scores with a 182 (94-88).

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