Bearcats, Bulldogs shine in district golf tournament:Scottsbluff wins team title, while Gering finishes third; Rahmig outduels York for medalist honors
     2014-10-09      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Gering: Sam Rahmig 
Monday was a banner day for local golfers at the District B-4 girls’ golf tournament at Lakeside Country Club in Lexington.
Gering senior Sam Rahmig came away as the district medalist, carding a consistent 78 to outshoot Scottsbluff senior Jordan York by one stroke and snapping York’s five-tournament winning streak.

And both Scottsbluff, an easy team winner, and Gering will take their full teams to the Class B State Tournament in Lincoln after the Bulldogs edged Ogallala by two strokes for the third and final team qualifying spot.

Action at Pioneers Golf Course begins Monday morning and concludes Tuesday afternoon.

And Rahmig, who has made state on a team as a sophomore and individually last year, earning a seventh-place tie as a junior after she tied for 14th as part of the Bulldogs’ fourth-place team.
“I knew I had to have a good round today,” Rahmig said of Monday’s effort, in which she shot 39 on each side of the course. “I didn’t really know that it was going to be enough to win.”

Gering coach Jessica Boswell, who in her second year gets to take her first state-qualifying team to the season finale, said Rahmig was just focused on her game and not any of her playing partners’ scores.

“I’m just really proud of the way Sam played and kept it together,” Boswell said. “She was down by two after the front nine and came back on the back nine.

“Going into the last hole, she was ahead by one stroke of Jordan and Maaika (Mestl) from Ogallala and parred the last hole. She didn’t realize how important that last putt was; she didn’t know she was only ahead by one. She had a solid 39-39, so it was a good time to come through with a good score.”

Rahmig said getting to go to state with her teammates outshines her district championship effort.
“It felt good and I am glad that they’re going to be down there with me, and hopefully we can have a good score,” she said. “I’m just going to go down and have the mindset like today, knowing that I have to play a good round but have fun with it.”

For Jasie Beam, Gering’s only other senior, she was out for redemption.
But it’s not because she shot a disappointing 111 in the Best of the West Classic last week at Monument Shadows in Gering and rose to the occasion to card a 98 and finish ninth – the same place in which she finished the Best of the West.

“Last year we came really close at districts and got fourth by just a few strokes and it was really a devastating loss,” Beam said. “And this year we made sure that all the underclassmen knew that we were counting on them, and they pulled it out. It was definitely a team win and every single stroke counted.”

“For us to get that third place that we did not get to enjoy last year is such a great feeling.”
Boswell said the battle for the third team place was a scrap to the end. In the closing holes, Gering was right on the edge of qualifying its team or just sending Rahmig and Beam to Lincoln next week.

“Before the next-to-the-last hole, it looked like we were going to get beat out by a few strokes,” Boswell said. “Then we ended up beating Ogallala by two strokes to get third.”

Beam said the team’s adding up their scores was a tense yet relieving moment when the players realized their third-place total of 403 was enough to earn their tickets to state.
“When we were sitting in there and adding up all the scores and we found out that we had won by two strokes, we were all just so excited,” she said. “The entire table of all of us golfers just started getting so loud and we were cheering, and it was so much fun.”

And that 111 Beam shot last week? It’s a distant memory, she said.
“I just knew that I needed to get it out of my system, and I just went into districts not even thinking about that score,” Beam said. “I went in like it was the beginning of the season.”
Sophomore Baily Kreider had the Bulldogs’ third-best score with her 112. Beam’s sophomore sister, Jaylen, shot a 115 and junior Allysa

Hoagland rounded out Gering’s quintet with a 121.
“I’m excited for my seniors, just because it’s their last hurrah and for both of them to go to state,” Boswell said. “And for my underclassmen, just for the experience they can take into next year as seniors.

“Once they get that little taste of it, then next year they will want to go again so hopefully it will keep them working hard. It’s a lot better to go as a team and have them all down there instead of just as individuals.”
Jasie Beam said the Bulldogs define the team effort in achieving their success.

“Everybody is helping everybody out,” she said. “My little sister is a sophomore this year and I’ve really been working with her. We’re a pretty close knit team, and we bounce ideas off each other and encourage each other. There’s never a dull moment with our team.”
Scottsbluff’s 20-stroke win over runner-up Sidney, 370 to 390, gives the Bearcats a chance to defend their state championship and aim for a girls’ record seventh state team title in a 12-year span.
Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said the hardest hurdle of qualifying for state was completed with the Bearcats’ victory.

“We got through it,” he said. “It’s nice to win, but you want to make sure you’re in the top three.”

York shot a 37 on the front nine but struggled on the back side with a 42 to be denied her sixth straight win and a seventh individual title.

“Jordan pretty much had control on the front nine and then she got on the bogey train and had I think six bogeys in a row. They had some tricky pins and there was some wind, and as the course dried out the greens got bumpy.”

Holloway, the only other Bearcat who has state tournament experience, carded an 88 to finish fourth, eight strokes behind Mestl’s third-place finish. Freshman Shelby Poynter followed with a 101, with senior Jocelyn Bruner carding a 102 and junior Karlie Johnson coming in at 106.

“We shot 370, which is not our best but it’s not bad,” said Klein, whose team’s best score this season has been a 356. “Our fifth girl, Jocelyn, played really well and shot her career best. Shelby Poynter was one out of being in the medals, and Jordan and Hannah both medaled, and Karlie had a good score going until the last two holes.”
State gives the Bearcats a chance to improve on their scores from Monday. And after having played in all kinds of weather this fall, Klein said his girls should be prepared for anything.

“We’ve seen everything now except just a total downpour,” he said. “Looking at the weather for Monday and Tuesday, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be too bad. It would be nice if we have decent weather; we could shoot in the 350s.”

Mitchell’s Musfelt, Bayard’s Douglas make Class C state tourney

Mitchell junior Myranda Musfelt earned a second trip to the Class C State Tournament by placing sixth Monday in the District C-5 tournament at West Wind Golf Course in Ogallala.
Musfelt carded a 96, eight strokes behind Chadron freshman Ricki Hickstein’s winning total of 88. Musfelt placed 65th last year in a one-day, weather-shortened Class C tournament, which returns to Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus with the hopes of completing a two-day competition.

Douglas, the Western Trails Conference Tournament champion, shot a 105 to earn the district’s 10th and final individual spot for state.
Bridgeport finished third in the team standings to earn the Bulldogs a trip to Columbus. Bridgeport shot a 454, just missing a tie with Valentine’s runner-up 453. Dundy County-Stratton easily won the team title with the Tigers’ 416.

Bridgeport senior Cassidy Mitchell led the Bulldogs with her runner-up score of 90, just two strokes behind Hickstein. Mitchell was the only individual medalist for Bridgeport.

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