Rahmig repeats as Best of the West champion: Bearcats win playoff to capture GNAC title; York earns tourney medalist honor
     2014-10-09      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen - Gering senior Sam Rahmig tees off on the 17th hole at Gering’s Best in the West Tournament held last week at Monument Shadows. Rahmig repeated her title performance with a score of 81 and made two birdies that day. 
GERING – For the second straight year, Sam Rahmig is the Best of the West.

The Gering senior captured the all-star girls’ golf classic title last Wednesday, Oct. 1, by a whopping 10 strokes over Chadron freshman Ricki Hickstein at Monument Shadows Golf Course.
Rahmig shot a score of 81, which included a back-nine score of 38 and included birdies on the par-4 t12th hole and the par-3 17th hole.

The tournament had only 12 participants, five of whom broke the 100-stroke mark. Several other golfers qualified for the meet, but they were unable to play because they had reached their maximum number of regular-season tournaments in which they participated.

Still, Rahmig not only repeated but became Gering’s fourth straight Best of the West medalist. Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski won the tournament in 2011 and 2012 – the latter year in which Rahmig finished in third place.

The course had absorbed more than four inches of rain from thunderstorms that began late Monday afternoon and continued into Tuesday morning, thus affecting the playing conditions with some puddles in fairways and bunkers and slowing down the greens.

“The front nine was a little difficult, but then I came through the back nine and turned it around,” said Rahmig, whose second nine featured a birdie on the par-5 12th hole and another birdie on the par-3 17th.

“The greens were just slow today because of the rain, but it was just my game that I had to work with,” Rahmig added. “I had two birdies, so that was something I was happy with. I left a lot of shots out there today, but I’m satisfied with it.”

Although she called Monday’s District B-4 Tournament at Lexington “just another tournament” after Best of the West, Rahmig came away as the district medalist with her third 78 of the season.
On Wednesday, Gering senior Jasie Beam shot a score of 111 that she took with obvious disappointment. But, as Bulldogs coach Jessica Boswell told her in presenting Beam with the ninth-place medal, “At least you medaled.”

Another ninth-place medal from the district tournament would fall into Beam’s hands on Monday. This time, however, it helped pace the Bulldogs to the state tournament with a third-place team finish.

Bearcats, York win GNAC titles

It’s become commonplace this golf season: Jordan York earns medalist honors in leading the Scottsbluff Bearcats to a team championship.
In wrapping up a very successful regular season, York and the Bearcats withstood some horrendous weather Friday at the Norfolk Country Club to win the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament titles.

The wins were the fifth straight for both York and the Bearcats and their sixth overall titles heading into Monday’s District B-4 tournament in Lexington.

York was the only individual to break 90 with her first-place score of 87. Junior teammate Hannah Holloway finished in second with a 90 as the Bearcats’ other medalist.

Other Scottsbluff scorers were freshman Shelby Poynter at 111, senior Jocelyn Bruner at 116 and junior Karlie Johnson at 126.
Chilly temperatures complemented with wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour hindered play for all.

And if the weather wasn’t enough, then Scottsbluff and Norfolk needed a one-hole playoff to decide the team championship after both teams finished tied at 404.

“That was quite a deal,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said of deciding the playoff format. “We were talking about what to do, and there were a couple ways we could have done it. We really wanted to play all five of our girls and just not leave somebody out and give them some experience.

“So finally we talked them into playing five and scoring four, just like in the tournament, so that worked out pretty good and was kind of fun. There was a lot of pressure on those kids, but as far as we were concerned, nobody really folded up the tent and shot a big number, and a couple of Norfolk girls ended up doing that so we got them.”

Kearney finished third with a 423 and North Platte was fourth with a 428.

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