Pilkington gets 3rd at McCook
     2016-04-22      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Scottsbluff golfer Jared Pilkington get his third top three finish on April 19 as the Bearcats finished in seventh place at the McCook Invitational. The host Bison team took home the championship with a 309 round.

Lingering effects from last weekend’s storm made for a chilly and wet round of golf at the Heritage Hills Golf Course, but Pilkington still shot a 78 for third place, leading the team to a 368 total.

Pilkington, a senior, had earlier won the Mitchell Invitational with a 71 and finished second at 72 in the Casper Invitational.

Scottsbluff’s Jonah Wright just missed the medal round, carding an 82 for 12th place. Sam McCaslin and Craig Smith both carded rounds of 104 and Vince Quijas completed the field with a 111 round. “Jared and Jonah both played well, but the rest of the team had some struggles,” said Scottsbluff Coach Mike Klein. “We had a pretty big score from what we usually shoot.”

Klein said the course looks intimidating, which may have added to the players’ mindset. “If you haven’t played a lot of tournament golf, that course can be scary. We’ll see the course again on the way to districts, so we should be more familiar with the layout next time.”

Gering finished ninth among the 16-team field at McCook, firing a team score of 377. The Bulldogs were led by Grant Maser, who carded an 82. Josh Wilson was next at 95. Brandyn Larsen and Mason Marsh were both at 100, followed by Grady Sherrell at 107.

Coach Keaton Green said while the weather was on the cold side with some rain, there was no wind for the tournament.

“Grant Maser played well with an 82 and that’s a good score for him on that course,” Green said. “I think it was a good experience for us to go down there because that course is different from most of them we play.”

Green said the players need to improve score-wise and finish with a lower team score. The district tournament, scheduled for May 16, will also be played at Heritage Hills in McCook.

“It’s a fairly long course with some long par 3 holes, which is physically challenging,” he said. “It’s more demanding when trying to hit the greens. The kids will also have to hit it straight because there are canyons and prairie grass to contend with. They need to land it on the fairway and make good chips and putts.”

Both Gering and Scottsbluff are in action this weekend (April 23) at the Alliance Invitational and on April 25 at the Scottsbluff Invitational.

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