Krzyzanowski, Bearcats ride runner-up district finishes into state tournament
     2011-10-06      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen Gering junior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski tees off on the 11th hole at the Best in the West girls’ golf tournament last Wednesday at Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering. Watching Krzyzanowski 
Gering junior Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski and the Scottsbluff girls’ golf team emerged from District B-4 action Monday in Ogallala with silver linings on their way to the state tournament next week.

Krzyzanowski finished away from the top spot for just the second time in 10 tournaments this season, finishing Monday’s district round at the West Wind Golf Course with a second-place score of 77.
McCook junior Kaylee Samway led the Bison’s team championship with her winning score of 73, while sophomore teammate Megan Vetrovsky was third at 79. McCook won the team title with all four team scorers shooting 85 or better and totaling 322.

Scottsbluff finished second in the team standings with a season-best score of 337, 20 strokes better than the Bearcats’ best total of the season. Sidney also qualified as a team with a third-place finish at 359.

Gering coach Annie Boggs said Krzyzanowski suffered a triple bogey on the ninth hole, giving her a 5-over-par front nine holes.

Krzyzanowski rallied on the back nine by shooting 1-under. Samway, McCook’s No. 2 player, “hit the ball really, really well,” Boggs said.

Scottsbluff had all four of its team scorers make the top 10. Junior Ashlee Pilkington led the Bearcats with her fifth-place score of 83, followed by freshman teammate Jordan York in sixth at 84. Sophomores Megan Pilkington and Kim Moore both carded 85s, with Pilkington taking ninth and Moore 10th on the playoff tiebreak.

Gering was fifth at 381, still a respectable score for a young squad that Boggs will have return in full next fall. Gering’s best team score of the season was 376 at Alliance on Sept. 24.

Freshman Sam Rahmig was next for the Bulldogs with her 98, with sophomore Amber Fertig recording a 101, freshman Ashlyn Schultz carding a 105 and junior Kendra Peters finishing at 121.

“It wasn’t a career day, but it was not our worst either,” Boggs said. “All in all, this was a pretty good season and the girls improved a lot and accomplished every goal it set except this one (making state). But this field was really tough.”

The Bearcats and Krzyzanowski will play in the Class B State Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Grand Island’s Indianhead Golf Course.

District C-5
At Valentine Golf Club, Bayard sophomore JaLee Pilkington earned sixth-place honors and qualified for the Class C State Tournament for the first time, while Bridgeport junior Jada Huck led the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish and a state berth.

Pilkington shot a round of 89 to make state and Huck was Bridgeport’s top finisher, coming in eighth with her 94. Tara Harding was next for the Bulldogs at 101 for 14th.

Valentine won the District C-5 title on its home course with a 357, nine strokes ahead of runner-up Chadron — which had the top medalist in sophomore Kelli Haynes with her 74, good for a seven-stroke victory.

Bridgeport was a distant but solid third at 405, 23 strokes ahead of fourth-place Ainsworth for the final team qualification spot. Mitchell was eighth at 460 and had no state qualifiers.

The Class C State Tournament is Monday and Tuesday at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.

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