Cats’ Poynter continues to shoot the lights out
     2016-08-26      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Sidney Sun-Telegraph Scottsbluffs’ Shelby Poynter tops field at Cheyenne Invite. 
Coming off a spectacular finish at the Cheyenne Invitational, where she finished 14 strokes ahead of her nearest competitor, Scottsbluff golfer Shelby Poynter took the individual title at the Sidney Invite on Aug. 23.

Poynter, just a junior, finished the course with a round of 72, nine strokes ahead of Chadron’s Alpine Hickstein.

Scottsbluff also won the invite with a team score of 364, 21 shots over runner-up Ogallala. Gering was in sixth place, posting a team score of 404.

“We knocked off probably 30 shots from our last meet at Cheyenne,” said Scottsbluff Coach Mike Klein. “Overall, it was a decent day and we turned in some good scores despite the wind.”

He also observed the team has been making improvements in their short game and in putting. “That’s where we’ve been losing a lot of strokes,” he said. “We’ll be focusing on that over the next week.”/
Scottsbluff placed two other golfers in the top 10 at Sidney: D.J. Bokelman in 8th with a 92 round, and Rachel Hancock in 10th with 97. Teammates Jordyn Hoxworth and Ashlynn Haun both shot rounds of 103./
Afton Mitchell led the Gering squad with a round of 97. Jaylen Beam carded a 101, with Megan Maser a stroke back at 102. Jayda Ahrens shot a 104 on the day, rounded out with Baily Kreider at 108.
After traveling to Bayard for an invitational on Aug. 25, Scottsbluff will see action at their home invite on Aug. 29, which will include Gering and several other local teams.
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Scottsbluff got off to a strong start early in the season as they played some of the larger Wyoming schools in the Cheyenne Invitational Aug. 18 – 19 at the Airport Golf Course.

Scottsbluff finished second, behind Casper Kelly Walsh. But the standout at the invite was Bearcat Shelby Poynter, who’s nationally ranked. Firing a round of 75 on Thursday, followed by 74 on Friday, she grabbed the individual title by 14 strokes with a two-day total of 149.

Klein said he saw some solid performances from his players in their first event. But he said it showed as to which players worked on their games over the summer.

“Basically we wanted to find out where we need work,” he said. “We got the ball around pretty good, but our short game and putting was a down point for us. We’ll be working on that.”

Other Bearcats in the running were Rachel Hancock in 10th place with a 189 and D.J. Bokelman in 11th at 192. Jordyn Hoxworth shot a 212 over the two days, tying for 15th place overall. Ashlyn Haun came in at 218 for 18th place.

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