Bearcat girls rise back to the top of Class B
     2013-10-17      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen - Mitchell junior Emily Snyder, shown playing in the Best in the West girls' golf tournament on Oct. 2 at Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering, finished in a tie for third place Tuesday in the weather-shortened Class C State Tournament at Columbus. 
Scottsbluff uses strong 2nd-day outing to win 7th state team title; Gering's Rahmig takes 7th

Scottsbluff girls’ golf coach Mike Klein likes to schedule two-day tournaments for his Bearcat teams for one primary reason: to get the team ready for the two-round state championships.

As the Bearcat girls did in their pair of two-day tourneys this fall, they played better on the second day at the Class B State Tournament at Holmes Park Golf Course.

As a result of all five Scottsbluff golfers shooting better in Tuesday’s second round than they did in Monday’s first 18 holes — with a score that left them in third place after the first round — the Bearcats made all the hard work and the two-day tournaments worthwhile to earn that coveted title.

State champions.

And Gering junior Sam Rahmig improved on her first-round effort by one stroke and two places to finish in a tie for seventh place. Rahmig thus improved on her 15th-place finish from 2012, when the Bulldogs qualified as a team and placed fourth.

“She handled the pressure well, the weather, stayed focused,” Gering coach Jessica Boswell said of Rahmig, whose first-day 87 had her in ninth and she followed with an 86 for her 173 total.

“Last year I had my eyes opened to see how the competition was, and what I had to do this summer to prepare for this moment,” Rahmig said. “I felt good (after Monday’s round), but I knew I had to come out and shoot better than yesterday.”

“I think today had the tougher conditions. Yesterday was pretty nasty, but today the wind was just awful.”

Scottsbluff lowered its team score Tuesday by 29 strokes from Monday and finished the two days with a count of 705. The state team title is the Bearcats’ sixth in 11 seasons and is their first since 2010, when SHS completed a run of three straight team championships.

“The same thing happened at Casper that happened yesterday and today,” Klein said Tuesday from York, en route home from Lincoln. “We had not really a very good first round and then came back and played great the second day.

Doing that at Casper, I’m sure they had that in their minds that it could be done, so I think it really helps us.”

Playing through cold and heavy winds, the Bearcats had a four-player score of 367 after Monday’s first round and lowered their count to 338 on Tuesday to earn the team title by 10 strokes over runner-up and two-time defending champion Elkhorn South

Scottsbluff had three straight placers from ninth to 11th in junior Jordan York and seniors Kim Moore and Megan Pilkington.

York shot an 89 on Monday and an 85 Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of 174, 26-over-par for the tournament. Moore shaved seven strokes off her first-day round with an 84 Tuesday to finish in 10th at 175 (91-84). Pilkington dropped 16 strokes from Monday’s 96 to card a two-day total of 176 (96-80).

Senior JaLee Pilkington, Megan’s cousin who transferred to Scottsbluff after making the Class C State Tournament twice for Bayard, tied for 14th and earned her second state medal after totaling 180 (91-89) in the Class B field. Pilkington finished in a tie for 11th place in the 2010 Class C State Tournament.

Sophomore Hannah Holloway finished in a three-way tie for 23rd with a score of 189, lowering her count by three strokes Tuesday (96-93).

“This is really a deep team, and some of these girls haven’t been playing that long and a couple of them worked really hard,” Klein said of the uniqueness of this year’s state championship team to the Bearcats’ past champions. “Their work ethic probably sets them apart as much as anything.”

McCook was a distant fourth at 662, but the Bison had the state medalist for the second straight year. Senior Megan Vetrovsky scored a two-day total of 16-over 164 (81-83) to outplay Elkhorn South senior Nicolle Barmettler, who also took second last year. Vetrovsky had placed seventh last year and third as a sophomore.

First-day team leader Beatrice slipped to third place with a 717 total (354-363). Elkhorn South, the team champ the past two years, finished as the team runner-up at 715, maintaining its second-place standing from Monday.

Mitchell’s Snyder 3rd in shortened Class C tourney

Mitchell junior Emily Snyder made the best of her second Class C State Tournament, finishing in a tie for third on Tuesday at Quail Creek Golf Course in Columbus. The tournament’s first round was canceled by inclement weather, leaving the event as a one-round affair.

Snyder shot a round of 91 (44-47) to finish in a deadlock for third with Columbus Scotus senior Amy Price. Snyder placed in a tie for 24th as a sophomore, when her second-day score was a 96 for a 200 total.

Snyder and Price finished one stroke behind runner-up Brandi Lemek, a sophomore from Doniphan-Trumbull. Auburn senior Hannah Brown ran away from the field with her 8-over-par 80.

Mitchell sophomore Myranda Musfelt finished in a five-way tie for 65th place with her round of 113.

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