Bearcat girls roll to fourth district golf title
     2015-10-08      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Gering senior Allysa Hoagland (center) lines up a putt during the district golf tournament. Samantha Rimpley of Lexington and Stephanie Skinner of Ogallala were part of the group. 
The day started off cold and windy, but the Scottsbluff girls’ golf team continued to dominate the field by winning its fourth straight B4 District golf tournament on Monday at Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering.

The defending state champions turned in a total score of 349, 32 strokes ahead of second place McCook at 381. Hannah Holloway finished first at 79, followed closely by teammate Shelby Poynter in second at 80. Jordyn Hoxworth finished in seventh with a 93 score. Other Scottsbluff finishers were Karlie Johnson at 97 and Rachel Hancock with 100.

“It was a good win and the best we’ve played all year,” said Scottsbluff Coach Mike Klein. “Both Hannah and Shelby played great rounds. They know how to handle the competition from playing in summer tournaments in Colorado.”

He said everyone played as well as they could, which is what’s needed to win. “Jordyn Hoxworth had her best round ever and districts was a great time to do it. Rachel Hancock shot 100 despite a couple of really bad holes.”

Host Gering placed fourth at the District tournament with a team score of 401. DJ Bokelman medaled in fifth place, carding a round of 92. Baily Kreider carded a 98, Jaylen Beam finished at 101, Allysa Hoagland carded a 110 and Megan Maser was at 113.

“I was a bit disappointed with how we finished,” said Gering Coach Jessica Boswell. “DJ finished fifth, so she qualified for the state tournament as an individual. I knew this was a rebuilding year, so overall we had a good season.”

Hoagland is the team’s only senior and will graduate in 2016. The rest of the team should be back for next fall’s campaign, so Boswell said she’s looking for improvements from a team that has another year of experience behind them.

With the district win, the entire Scottsbluff team qualified for the state Class B tournament, coming up Oct. 12-13 in Columbus. The Bearcats plan to head east on Friday, then play practice rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Klein said he’s never see the course in Columbus before, so the practice rounds will be important to become familiar with playing conditions for the tournament.

Prior to claiming another district championship Monday, Scottsbluff’s golfers had to play through wind, rain and a 90-minute delay last Friday in North Platte. Despite the weather, they came away with the title at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament.

The weather was nasty for the first eight holes; and then it started to rain. The eight-team field was pulled from the course for a delay that eventually lasted 90 minutes. There was some discussion whether to cancel after nine holes, but the weather eventually cleared and play resumed.

Scottsbluff’s Hannah Holloway made the most of it, carding the winning score of 84. However, she needed an extra playoff hole to beat Anna Cafferty of Hastings.

“Hannah shot an 84, which is a really good score on that type of day,” Scottsbluff Coach Klein said. “The course was fast and there was a lot of trouble that you could hit into.”

Holloway led the Bearcats to a team score of 369 and the team’s seventh title of the season. They finished 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Kearney at 379.

Also medaling in the top 10 for the Bearcats were Shelby Poynter in ninth with a 93 and Jordyn Hoxworth at 10th with 95. Their other two finishers were Karlie Johnson with 97 and Rachel Hancock at 100.

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