Gering golf opens at N. Platte
     2016-03-25      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
The Gering boys’ golf team was on the road March 22 for their season opener at the North Platte Invitational, placing eighth among the field of 12 teams.

Playing at the Lake Maloney Golf Course, the home North Platte team came away with the win, posting a team score 320. Sidney was in third with 345.

The Gering boys, carding a team score of 363, were led by Grant Maser, who shot an 88 over the course. In second, a single stroke back, was Mason Marsh at 87. Grady Sherrel carded a 93 and Logan VanAnne was at 95.

“The first tournament of the season always comes up before you’re ready, especially since they moved the date up a couple of days,” said Gering Coach Keaton Green. “Still, it’s a good starting point and we know what we need to work on.”

Green said it was a great day for golf in North Platte. It was also the first time the team had played on that course, which was in great shape.

“It was a rough day for us,” Green said. “Our scores were a little higher than what they should have been. We had a couple of guys at the state DECA conference last week and hadn’t been playing and our top two players hadn’t played in about a week.”

Green said it was good to see the team working the course. He thought sophomore Grady Sherrel had a pretty good day, carding an 88. But both junior Grant Maser and senior Mason Marsh said they weren’t pleased with how they played.

“There was some struggling, but they didn’t give up,” Green said.
“They stayed positive and did what was needed to get around the course.”

Gering has a couple of weeks before its next tournament. Players plan to hit the range and work on chipping, putting, and playing some nine-hole rounds.

“I have 19 guys on the team right now, so it’s uncertain who the varsity players will be,” Green said. “This will give us lots of time to really work. It will give me a better idea of where we’re going.”

Team scores had North Platte in first with 320, McCook in second with 325 and Sidney in third with 345. In fourth was Gothenburg at 357, North Platte JV in fifth at 358 and Cozad in sixth at 362.

Hastings was tied for seventh with Gering at 363, but won the fifth-man tiebreaker format as Gering’s Logan VanAnne had the high score at 95, while Ryan Douglas of Hastings had a 92, earning their team seventh place.

Broken Bow came in ninth at 369, followed by Ogallala in 10th at 397. Rounding out the field was Lexington with 419 for 11th place and Valentine was in 12th at 430.

On April 5, Gering will compete in the Sidney Invitational which features both the varsity and JV for 12 local teams.

“Scottsbluff doesn’t compete in the North Platte tourney,” Green said. “The Sidney Invite is our first opportunity to size up all the teams and get a better idea of where we rank.”

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