Gering golfers win at Chadron
     2016-05-06      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Gering’s Mason Marsh warms up with a few putts at Monument Shadows Golf Course prior to the Bulldogs hosting the Western Conference Meet. 
Wintry weather caused a few sporting events to be cancelled or postponed last week but it cleared up in time for eight golf teams to play in the Chadron Invitational on May 2. Gering topped the field with a team score of 344.

The invite, originally scheduled for April 28, was moved to May 2 when the weather turned nasty. “When we got up to Alliance, there was six inches of snow on the ground,” said Scottsbluff golf coach Mike Klein. “By the time we got farther north, it was pretty good. It was a decent day for golf, although it was windy and cool.”

Scottsbluff placed second on the day with a 356 team score, followed by Chadron in third at 363.

“Chadron is a nine-hole course and we don’t play a lot of those,” said Gering Coach Keaton Green. “It was in good shape and the weather was decent.”

Scottsbluff senior Jared Pilkington claimed his third individual title of the season, carding a round of 77. Gering’s Josh Wilson was a stroke back at 78 to take second place.

Wilson was one of Gering’s three individual medalists. Grant Maser finished in fourth place with a round of 81 and Logan VanAnne carded an 87 for seventh. The Gering team was rounded out by Mason Marsh and Brandyn Larsen, both shooting rounds of 98 to tie for 18th place.

Scottsbluff’s Jonah Wright came in fifth with a round of 82. The rest of the Bearcat team included Sam McCaslin at 93, Ty Corr shooting a 104 and Gavin Howell at 107. McCaslin is the No. 5 player and Corr and Howell are in their first year of playing golf.

Green said he was really impressed with sophomore Josh Wilson, who finished in second at Chadron with 78.

While Maser was a little higher on the back nine than he wanted to be, he still played a good round. He said the team goal is to play their best golf to close out the season, and their play at the Chadron Invite helps them toward that goal.

The players have different routines to prepare for tournaments.
Gering’s Maser said he sizes up a difficult shot, before choosing his best option, especially if it’s a shot to get him out of trouble. He also commits to a lengthy practice the day before a round, then getting a good night’s rest to perform well the day of competition.

Teammate Mason Marsh said he starts his practice with wedges, then to every other club through the drivers. He spends most of this time on the putting green.

When I hit a bad shot, I just forget it, and go on to the next one,” Marsh said. “Golf is a game of confidence. If you start thinking about the bad shots, they just start getting worse.”

Scottsbluff made a trip across the river to Gering to play in the Western Conference Meet on May 5, but results weren’t available at press time. The next day, the Bearcats were in McCook to play in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament.

Gering will be at the Ogallala Invitational on May 12.

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