Bearcats take third, Tigers finish ninth at state golf tourney
     2014-06-05      By Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski    kaitlynk@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Terry Gaston/Gering Citizen - Scottsbluff’s Curtis Welsh watches his putt on the 10th hole at the Scottsbluff Country Club during the Scottsbluff Invitational Tourney during the regular season. Welsh led the Bearcats to a third place finish last week at the state tourney. 
GRAND ISLAND —Trailing the leader by one stroke, the Bearcats ended third as a team during the Class B state golf tournament held at Indianhead Golf Club in Grand Island on May 28-29.

Scottsbluff head coach Mike Klein knew it was going to be a close race for the gold, but this was even closer than imagined. McCook and Beatrice finished strong with a pair of 609s while Scottsbluff and Blair managed to both put down a 610.

“The one stroke difference between the teams was one of the coolest things I have ever been involved in. You don’t see that every day,” Klein said.

Even though the experience was amazing, the Bearcats found themselves not satisfied with the end results.

“We weren’t satisfied with the third finish as a team because obviously we wanted to bring home the state championship. However, things happen. Our goal going into the final day was to shoot a 299 and even though we weren’t far off of it, we didn’t play as well as we wanted,” Klein said.

With being only two shots off of their goal, the boys worked really hard the final day on the course. Koy Potthoff finished his second round with a 76 to capture a top fifteen finish while Curtis Welsh led the way for the Bearcats by throwing down a 75 which landed him a top 10 spot.

“Curtis was awesome for both days. He played really well and I couldn’t have expected more. It was great that he got into the top 10. Koy has been consistent this year and is a good player so it’s great to see him getting a medal as well. Although, the other three over-achieved and played like there was no tomorrow so I can say that I’m definitely proud of them all,” Klein said.

With the season finally coming to a close, the Bearcats are already looking forward to next year.

“Going into next year I have four kids returning. I believe we will be okay and will just have to go out and do our best to not only get to state, but play well there,” Klein said.

Team scores include: McCook (306, 303) 609; Beatrice (301, 308) 609; Scottsbluff (309, 301) 610; Blair (306, 304) 610; Omaha Skutt Catholic (316, 317) 633; Broken Bow (315, 323) 638; O’Neill (322, 321) 643; Syracuse (337, 323) 660; Gretna (329, 334) 663; York (336, 334) 670; Wahoo/Raymond Central (338, 333) 671; Adams Central (360, 343) 703.

Individual medalists include: Samuel Morse (Columbus Lakeview), 1st with (70, 70) 140; Kyle Murray (Beatrice), 2nd with (74, 69) 143; Tyler Wagner (Beatrice), 3rd with (72, 73) 145; Mack Alspaugh (McCook), 3rd with (72, 73) 145; Noah Hofman (McCook), 5th with (75, 73) 148; Lucas Grossnicklaus (Aurora), 6th with (77, 72) 149; Nathan Gotschall (O’Neill), 6th with (76, 73) 149; Vance Jansen (Blair), 6th with (75, 74) 149; Leighton Thomas (York), 6th with (75, 74) 149; Harrison Agena (Syracuse), 10th with (76, 74) 150; Curtis Welsh (Scottsbluff), 10th with (75, 75) 150; Samuel Martin (Elkhorn), 12th with (76, 75) 151; Will Schaney (Blair), 13th with (78, 74) 152; Koy Potthoff (Scottsbluff), 13th with (76, 76) 152; Kaje Maly (Wayne), 15th with (81, 73) 154; Nolan Kessler (Gretna), 15th with (79, 75) 154; Benjamin Meschede (Omaha Skutt Catholic), 15th with (77, 77) 154; TJ Loudner (Blair), 15th with (74, 80) 154.

The Bayard Tigers finished ninth with a team score of 668 at the Class C state golf tournament at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln on May 28-29.

Jim Roberts, head coach for the Tigers, felt like the boys left some strokes out there on the course.

“The state competition was definitely tough. The way I put it, the boys golfed well but not great so there were obviously some strokes that were left out there. When that happens, you lose ground because there are still other golfers playing who aren’t giving up any strokes,” Roberts said.

Trae Blanco led the way for the Tigers with his combined score of 154 for both days which earned him a place in the top fifteen and a medal.

“Trae golfed really well and it was up to his capacity. He was consistent at state which is the right time to do it so both he and the team were really happy with that,” Roberts said.

Going into the final day the boys knew they needed to work on their games on the putting green.

“I’d say one of the main goals we had going into the final day was to adjust better to the greens. There were some three putts out there the first day and the main problem was the boys weren’t putting their first putt where it needed to be. We wanted to really focus on that,” Roberts said.

Roman Konvicka, who had been quite the player for the team all season, ended his year on a disappointing note.

“It was definitely hard on Roman when he missed medaling by one stroke. He’s a good golfer and a good kid as well as having been our number one player for most of the season. He has helped us to achieve great goals and at state we really wanted to help him out by focusing as a team on shooting low together so he wouldn’t feel as much pressure. I know he was expecting to help the team out more, however, he has had a great season,” Roberts said,

The excitement for next year’s season is brewing and Roberts is hoping for the Tigers to have another good one.

“Next year we will have a younger team with a core of about four or five sophomores. If they work together and challenge each other then I think good things will come out of it. I believe that’s how the best teams are formed. A young team who learns those two things and takes it onto the golf course,” Roberts said.

Team scores include: Hastings St. Cecilia (314, 308) 622; David City (319, 321) 640; Bishop Neumann (324, 317) 641; Hartington Cedar Catholic (320, 323) 643; Ord (326, 326) 652; Laurel-Concord (338, 323) 661; Milford (331, 334) 665; Lincoln Christian (324, 341) 665; Bayard (332, 336) 668; Minden (348, 331) 679; Mitchell (343, 344) 687; Southern Valley (346, 349) 695; Fillmore Central (351, 351) 702; Plainview (364, 365) 729; Elgin Public/Pope John (375, 370) 745.Individual medalists include: Rylee Reinertson (Gibbon), 1st with (69, 67) 136; Sam Meuret (Plainview), 2nd with (68, 69) 137; Tyler Ehresman (Omaha Brownell-Talbot), 3rd with (71, 74) 145; Ryan Milks (Gibbon), 4th with (71,75) 146; Zac Morley (Milford), 5th with (78,71) 149; Henry Heeg (Kimball), 5th with (75, 74) 149; Dalton Lammers (Hartington Cedar Catholic), 7th with (74, 76) 150; Collin Wright (Plainview), 8th with (72, 79) 151; Hunter Quinn (Southern Valley), 8th with (71, 80) 151; Alex Sheehy (Hastings St. Cecilia), 10th with (77, 75) 152; Haley Thiele (Bishop Neumann), 11th with (80, 73) 153; Cody Steuter (Guardian Angels), 11th with (80, 73) 153; Jordan Greenwood (Kimball), 11th with (77, 76) 153; Brady Rogers (Ord), 11th with (75, 78) 153; Sam Sommers (Kearney Catholic), 15th with (82, 72) 154; Brook Klinetobe (Stanton), 15th with (78, 76) 154; Trae Blanco (Bayard), 15th with (76, 78) 154.

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