Scottsbluff cards fourth golf win
     2016-09-09      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
The Scottsbluff girls continued to dominate the golf links, posting another win at the Chadron Invitational on September 6. Their team score of 358 was a season best so far, one stroke better than their last outing at home the previous week.

Scottsbluff finished 31 strokes ahead of second place Gering at 389. The rest of the field included Sidney at 391, host Chadron with a 415 team score, Bayard at 422, Mitchell with 448, and Bridgeport shooting a 455.

Scottsbluff junior Shelby Poynter led the team, winning her fourth straight individual title with a round of 73, one under par on Chadron’s Ridgeview County Club course.

She’s finished in the 70s every round she’s played this season. Close behind in second was Chadron’s Alpine Hickstein with 75.

Scottsbluff senior Rachel Hancock was in third, posting her career best round of 87. The rest of the field included D.J Bokelman, medaling in eighth with a round of 97. Teammates Ashlynn Haun finished in 13th at 101 and Jordyn Hoxworth was at 113.

“Shelby turned in a really good score,” said Head Coach Mike Klein. “It’s tough to make putts on that course, but she’s playing probably as good as I’ve seen of all the girls I’ve coached.”

Klein said the Ridgeview course is kind of tricky to play and when he takes teams there, the scores never seem to be that good. If a player doesn’t hit straight shots on several holes, the ball ends up in the trees, as the rough is never that far away.

“Everyone had a decent round at Chadron,” Klein said. “If we can get everyone playing great on the same day, we could take another 15 to 20 shots off our team score. We need to get it down that far to be competitive at state.”

Gering, with their second place team finish of 389, was led by Ali Boswell, whose round of 91 earned her the fifth place medal. Jaylen Beam also medaled in ninth, carding a round of 98. Teammate Ashley Mitchell fired a 98 round for 11th place. Sophomore Megan Maser shot a 102 and freshman Avery Mitchell was a stroke back at 103.

“Our team score of 389 was only eight strokes above the team goal,” said Gering Coach Jessica Boswell. “I mixed up the varsity roster this week, as most of the girls have very close scores. It worked out well for us and I’m pleased with all their efforts. It gave a few girls a chance to play varsity and show what they’re capable of.”

Boswell said that practice every day, as well as tournament play, are preparing them for districts. With nine girls on the team that have the potential to break 100 on any given day, there will definitely be a tight race to be one of the top five on the team when districts come along.

“As a coach I am really enjoying seeing improvements in my players,” Boswell said. “I know I will still see some more improvements between now and the end of the season.”

Other local golfers who made the leader board at the Chadron Invite included Mitchell’s Kenzie Kano in fourth place with a round of 90. Bayard senior Catherine Applegate finished in 12th place among four players who all fired rounds of 98.

Scottsbluff next sees action on Tuesday, Sept. 13 as they head south across the river to play in the Gering Invitational.

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