York leads Bearcat golfers to another pair of wins: Gering senior Sam Rahmig takes third in two meets
     2014-09-25      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff senior Jordan York lines up her putt on the third hole during the Aug. 22 Scottsbluff Quadrangular, nine-hole season-opening warm-up meet at Riverview Golf Course west of Scottsbluff. York, following her wins last week at Gering and Scottsbluff, won her third straight individual medalist title and fourth of the season Monday with her victory at the Ogallala Invitational. 
SCOTTSBLUFF – For the third time in seven days, the Scottsbluff girls’ golf team finished at the top of a tournament’s standings, and Bearcat senior Jordan York was the individual leader of the pack each time.

York claimed her fourth individual medalist title of the season Monday, leading Scottsbluff to a winning four-player score of 383 to edge runner-up Sidney by four strokes amid a mix of wind and rain in cooler temperatures at the West Wind Golf Course.

York led the Bearcats’ charge by carding a 78 to finish five strokes in front of Maaika Mestl. The pair were also 1-2 Saturday in the Scottsbluff Invitational, with York’s 74 a whopping 10 strokes ahead of Mestl on a picture-perfect day at the Scotts Bluff Country Club.
On their home course Saturday, the Bearcats shot a team count of 379 to edge runner-up Sidney by two strokes.

“She is hitting the ball so straight that it’s just incredible,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said of York. “She is just rarely ever in trouble.”
York shot her way through Monday’s inclement conditions with a 38 on the front nine and a 40 on the back side.

York won Saturday’s medalist honor with a 74 that matched her winning score from last Tuesday’s Gering Invitational. York also won the Western Conference Tournament title at Sidney on Aug. 30.
“We had a little bit of everything basically,” Klein said of Monday’s weather. “With the wind, it not being very warm, and then it rained – probably about an hour and a half of rain, just enough to get you wet, although there were a couple pretty good downpours.
“It was enough to get you wet, then you’re miserable and you’re cold, but we probably needed to play in something like that.”

Scottsbluff junior Hannah Holloway was next for the Bearcats, placing as sixth medalist with a 93.
Freshman Shelby Poynter, back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s meet because of an out-of-town wedding, turned in a 98 for the Bearcats and junior Karlie Johnson carded a 114.

“Two of these girls have only been playing three months, and they hadn’t seen that,” Klein said of the mix of weather. “It was nasty (Monday). For not playing in that, I thought they held up pretty well.”

Gering senior Sam Rahmig finished third for the second straight meet, and in the top three for the third time during the past week of action, with her round of 83. Bulldog senior Jasie Beam also medaled, taking seventh with a 96. Also for Gering, sophomores Jaylen Beam scored a 103 and Baily Kreider shot a 119.

As a team, Gering turned in a 396 – its second sub-400 count of the week, after the Bulldogs carded a 390 in their own meet. Gering thus finished in fourth, six strokes behind host Ogallala.
In the Division II portion of the tourney, Mitchell junior Myranda Musfelt was fifth with a 102. Dundy County-Stratton saw a first-place finish at 382. Mitchell was third at 496, nine strokes behind runner-up Hershey.

The Bearcats had shot its best team score of the season at Gering, with a 356, but Saturday they were without No. 3 golfer Shelby Poynter, a freshman who was out of town for a wedding.
Sidney improved from its 404 at Gering by placing four players in the top 10. Gering finished third in Division I with a 411, and Ogallala was fourth at 433.

York won Saturday’s medalist honor with a 74 that matched her winning score from last Tuesday’s Gering Invitational. York also won the Western Conference Tournament title at Sidney on Aug. 30.
York won Saturday with a 10-stroke win over runner-up Maaika Mestl of Ogallala.

Gering’s Rahmig came in third at 85, four days after she placed second to York at Monument Shadows Golf Course with a 78. Jasie Beam finished in ninth at 101.

Holloway also shot 85 and finished in fourth as the Bearcats’ only other top-10 finisher. Scottsbluff’s other three golfers – senior Jocelyn Bruner, Johnson and sophomore Hailey Sanderson – all shot 110 and missed the top 10 by three strokes.
Gering’s other competitors were Jaylen Beam with her 109, Allysa Hoagland with a 116 and D.J. Bokelman at 131.

In Division II, Bridgeport dominated play by shooting a team count of 432 while Mitchell was 53 strokes back in second at 485. The Scottsbluff junior varsity was the only other full team to compete in Division II and scored 510.

Mitchell’s Musfelt won the Division II individual title with her 92, outshooting Bridgeport runner-up Cassidy Mitchell by seven strokes. Bridgeport had two other medalists in Kassie Marks, third at 101, and Kassidy Hernandez, who was fifth at 110.
Bayard’s Douglas finished in fourth at 109, with Scottsbluff JV sophomores Jordyn Hoxworth in seventh at 116 and Rachel Hancock in eighth at 118. Kelly Law of Mitchell earned the division’s 10th medal with her 122.

While a home-course advantage would see obvious in most occasions, Klein said after the Gering Invitational that the Bearcats had practiced only on the front nine holes of the SBCC course, and that several team members had yet to practice on the back nine until the days leading up to the Scottsbluff tourney.

“I think they played nine holes back there,” Klein said. “We were playing off too (for the top five). The girls who were on the team last year have played enough that they know their way around, but the new ones had no clue.”

“The course is in really good shape right now,” Klein said. “I thought the girls played well. There’s a little more pressure in our home meet for us, and I don’t know why but they’d rather travel.
“But we played pretty decent and we didn’t have our third-best player. For them to shoot the score they shot, that felt good.”
Next action for many local and area golfers will be Saturday at the Alliance Invitational. Other teams will play today (Thursday) in the Bridgeport Invitational, which will be double-scored and also serve as the Western Trails Conference Tournament.

“The biggest thing right now is we need to have some time to practice,” said Klein, whose team will then be off after Saturday until the Oct. 3 Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Norfolk. “Right now, the thing that is holding back our 3, 4 and 5 kids are their short games.

“If we can get through districts and qualify for state, we’ll have another week to work on their short games. Getting it on the green in one chip and two-putting is not too much to ask.”

After the Alliance tournament, Klein will be headed to Lincoln on Monday for the induction ceremony of the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame. KNEB Sports Director Rob Barney will be Klein’s presenter on Monday night.
“I don’t know what to expect, but it will be fun,” Klein said. “But we’ll be coming back on Tuesday so I can be back for practice.”

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