Golfers have busy weekend on greens
     2016-04-29      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Twelve high school golf teams from across western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming gathered at Scotts Bluff Country Club on April 25. The golfers were able to complete the Scottsbluff Invitational before the sky opened, bringing rain that’s expected to last the remainder of the week.

Once the round was finished, Scottsbluff was in seventh place with a team score of 342. Gering carded 364 as a team to finish in ninth place. North Platte won the invitational with 323 points, with Casper Natrona three strokes back at 326 for second.

Among the top 10 individual finishers, Scottsbluff’s Jared Pilkington medaled with a second place finish of 75, which included two birdies on his card. He ended up one stroke behind North Platte’s Kort Steele, who won the individual title with 74.

Rounding out the Scottsbluff team were Vince Quijas and Craig Smith, both firing an 85, Sam McCaslin carding a 97 and Ty Corr at 102. Jonah Wright, their top golfer, was at the national DECA convention and wasn’t playing.

“Everyone played well, although we were missing our top player,” said Coach Mike Klein. “It was cool in morning, but the day turned out really nice with little wind. It was a great day to play golf.”

Klein said the field was loaded for their home invitational.
“There were some really good teams there. Jonah wasn’t there, but it was good to see the other players step up to the challenge and shoot some decent scores.”

Gering placed seventh at the event. Mason Marsh led the Gering squad with a round of 84. Grady Sherrell was five strokes back at 89, followed by Logan VanAnne at 94 and Josh Wilson with 97.
Brandyn Larson came in at 100 Gering’s top golfer, Grant Maser, didn’t play as he was at the state high school journalism convention.“Mason stepped in and played the number one position and he did well,” said Coach Keaton Green.

“He wasn’t happy with his score at Alliance on Saturday, so he bounced back and played well on a tough course,”
Green said that overall, the team played well, including the JV squad playing in their first tournament.

“We’re a young team with only two seniors playing,” he said.

“When we all get clicking on the same page, we can be a pretty competitive team.”

Two days prior, Scottsbluff and Gering also took the top two spots at the Alliance Invitational April 23.

Scottsbluff carded a team score of 331 for the championship, while Gering came in second with a 350 score.

Scottsbluff’s Jonah Wright and Jared Pilkington topped the individual leader board as Wright finished his round at 73.
Pilkington was a single stroke back at 74. It’s the third time this season the seniors have finished 1-2.

The rest of the Bearcat squad had Sam McCaslin carding a 90.
Vince Quijas was at 94 and Craig Smith finished at 96.

Gering also had two individual medalists with Grant Maser finishing third at 75.

Brandyn Larsen just made the medal round, placing 10th with an 88 score. Teammate Mason Marsh carded a 91 on the day, and both Josh Wilson and Grady Sherrell ended with rounds of 96.

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