SB earns golf title at Mitchell Invite
     2016-04-18      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
It was a short drive up Highway 26 for Gering and Scottsbluff golfers to compete in the Mitchell Invitational on April 12.

The Scottsbluff boys took the title, carding a 313 total at Scenic Knolls Golf Course. Kimball was the runner-up at 321, followed by Gering in third at 335.

Scottsbluff also had two top finishers. Jared Pilkington carded a 71, followed by Jonah Wright a stroke back at 72. Rounding out the Bearcat finishers, Vince Quijas was on the board with an 84, Craig Smith at 86, Sam McCaslin with a 98.

Scottsbluff Coach Mike Klein said he hopes Smith and Quijas will be in the 80 range by the end of the season.

“We’re just getting started right now,” Klein said. “Jared and Jonah are really holding their rounds together and playing well. I’m stressing for everyone to not get rattled after making a bad shot.”

The Gering squad turned in a 335 score for third place. Grant Maser took fifth place with a 78 score and Mason Marsh was seventh at 81. Sophomore Josh Wilson carded 86, and freshman Brandyn Larsen finished with 90. Teammate Grady Sherrell came in at 110.

Gering Coach Keaton Green said the team is greatly improved from their April 8 performance at the Sidney Invitational.

“We took a couple of young guys to change things up and they played well,” Green said. “Grant and Mason were also much improved over last week. Right now we’re closer to where we need to be by the end of the season.”

After the Sidney Invite, the Gering squad went to work on its short game. The extra work paid off, as Gering whittled 40 strokes off their performance at Sidney.

Gering ended up in fourth place at Sidney, carding a team score of 375.

Led by Conner Dormann with a top individual score of 79, the Sidney Red Raiders carded a team score of 323 to win their home Invitational at Hillside Golf Course on April 8.

Gering was 375 on the day, placing fourth in the six-team field. Medaling in the top 10 for Gering was Maser, who shot an 88 to finish seventh on the individual board. Marsh carded a round of 90 for ninth place.

Scottsbluff opted out of the Sidney Invite due to a scheduling conflict caused by weather, and instead competed at the Casper Invite on April 8.

The team found fair weather in Wyoming, comfortable enough for a team score of 315, and fourth place. Wright won the tournament with a one-under par 70. Pilkington was second with a 72.

Bearcat sophomore Quijas shot an 82. Craig Smith, along with Sam McCaslin, in his very first golf tournament, both carded scores of 91.

“I was excited about how we finished,” Klein said. “I thought anything under 340 for our first meet would be OK. I have no complaints with our 315 scores. Now it’s a matter for everyone to just keep getting better.”

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