Runner-up Douglas sets pace for Tiger golfers
     2014-09-04      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen - Bayard senior Tessa Douglas fires her shot off the No. 3 tee Friday in the Bayard Invitational girls’ golf tournament at Chimney Rock Golf Course north of Bayard. Douglas finished second with a score of 106. 
BAYARD – For a first golf tournament, The Bayard Invitational concluded with what will likely the girls’ highest scores of the season.
As the season progresses, Bayard coach Jim Roberts said the numbers should start declining as well.

Bayard had the only full team in the seven-school tournament at Chimney Rock Golf Course, turning in a four-player score of 512.
Leading the Tigers was senior Tessa Douglas, whose 106 was good for second place and just one stroke behind senior top medalist Kaycie Walker of Kimball.

“It was an enthusiastic crowd of golfers,” Roberts said. “They were all young and mostly inexperienced, and that’s why the numbers came out the way they did. About all the teams were in the same boat as far as having young golfers on their teams, so that’s kind of the story for the whole tournament.

“I believe that the ones who had experience were well enough to medal. And then you fill in with some of the younger girls who have developed some skills. If they placed, they probably had skills prior to this season, and that’s a commendation to them for developing their game prior to this season.”

Walker was the only golfer to post a sub-50 count on any circuit of the course, which the girls made twice but off different tees in their second nine. Her 49 came on her front nine.
Douglas played each round evenly, with a pair of 53s.
“She basically had only one bad hole and that kept her out of first place, but that’s the way the golf ball bounces I guess,” Roberts said of Douglas. “We’re going to look to see if she can improve on that score as the season goes on.”

Bayard senior Maggie Brunmeier earned the Tigers’ other medal, placing ninth at 128 (62-66).
“Maggie had some issues throughout her day,” Roberts said. “She had some trouble with tee shots and gave up a few strokes there. Hopefully she will keep on working her skill set and get her to where she is in better contention for high medals.”

Bridgeport brought only three girls to the meet, but all three placed in the top five in giving the meet an added strength for Morrill County. Sophomore Kassie Marx, the Bulldogs’ No. 3 player, finished third at 108, while senior No. 1 golfer Cassidy Mitchell followed at 111 and senior Kassidy Hernandez was fifth at 113.

“They also have a good a couple girls they left home who are just not ready for meets yet,” Roberts said. “Todd (Janicek) is a good coach, and if he gets them operating at a higher level, they will probably be one of the teams to beat in the future.”
Mitchell had two golfers in the field. Kelly Low lost a scorecard playoff for the 10th medal at 136, and Ashlyn Einfelt shot a 140.
Bayard and Mitchell were among the teams who played at Kimball on Tuesday, and then the Creek Valley Invitational follows today (Thursday).

“It’s fast and furious from here on out,” Roberts said. “It’s kind of difficult to actually develop more game and more skills because you’re gone to tournaments quite a bit.”

Scottsbluff wins Western Conference title, while Gering is second

Scottsbluff senior Jordan York blew away the competition at the Western Conference Tournament on Friday at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney, finishing 11 strokes ahead of junior Bearcat teammate Hannah Holloway while the pair paced Scottsbluff to a 15-stroke team victory.

York shot a 76 for a career-best tournament score in winning medalist honors. Holloway fired an 87 for second place.
Gering senior Sam Rahmig finished third individually with an 88 and paced the Bulldogs to a runner-up team finished at 409. Teammate Jasie Beam came in fifth at 99 and Allysa Hoagland finished 10th at 111 in also medaling for Gering, which outshot Sidney by eight strokes for second.

Mitchell junior Myranda Musfelt came in ninth at 103.
Other Bulldog scorers were Jaylen Beam at 111 – losing the 10th-place medal to Hoagland – and D.J. Bokelman at 125.
Scottsbluff’s lineup included Rachel Hancock at 112, Jocelyn Bruner at 119 and Shelby Poynter at 139.

Both Gering and Scottsbluff will be in the Cheyenne Invitational today (Thursday) and Friday, with the Bulldogs and the Bearcats’ junior varsity playing at the Chadron Invitational on Tuesday. y.

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