Scottsbluff, Gering golf teams headed to state
     2016-10-07      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
The winds blew hard at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney Oct. 3 for the District B-4 girls’ golf tournament, but both Scottsbluff and Gering put together team scores good enough to send them to the Class B state championship tournament.

Scottsbluff Coach Bert Wright said it was perfect golf weather at the team’s previous home outing at the season-ending Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament. The Bearcats won that event for the second straight year.

However, the weather wasn’t so cooperative at Sidney. “The greens were quick and the wind was blowing ferociously,” Wright said. “But everyone had to deal with it and the tournament came down to a battle of wills. We had to fight frustration on every hole and lived to play another tournament.”

The top three teams and top 10 individual golfers qualify for the state tournament, coming up Oct. 10 and 11 in Columbus. Scottsbluff’s team score of 374 landed them in second place, just two strokes behind McCook.

The Gering Bulldogs fired a team score of 405, which placed them in third. But that wasn’t determined until the tournament was completed. A ruling by course officials led to a disqualification of Sidney golfer Jordan Cook, moving Gering up to third.

With the disqualification, the Red Raiders dropped to fourth with a round of 410. However, teammate Emma Alexander shot an 82, giving her a runner-up among individual scorers and a trip to state.

Scottsbluff junior Shelby Poynter took the individual title at Sidney with a round of 78 – her ninth tournament title of the season. She was the only golfer at the district tournament to finish under 80.

Fellow Bearcat Jordyn Hoxworth was the team’s other top 10 finisher, coming in eighth at 96. Rachel Hancock was three strokes back at 99, followed by D.J. Bokelman at 103 and Ashlyn Haun with 114.

Gering had two golfers medal in the top 10 for a trip to state. Baily Kreider finished in fifth with a 94 round and Megan Maser was four strokes back at 98 to finish in ninth place. Teammates Jaylen Beam carded a 106, Ali Boswell a stroke back at 107, and Afton Mitchell at 109.

“The wind definitely affected the girls, but I was pleased we were able to make the top three and qualify for state,” said Gering Coach Jessica Boswell. “The girls are excited to go as a team. We still have the goal for our team score to be at 380 or better for both days of the state tournament. “We’d like to place in the top half of the teams.”

Prior to their runner-up finish at the District B-4 tournament, the Bearcats turned in another stellar performance, winning the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament at home on Sept. 30 to wrap up its regular season.

It was the seventh team title for Scottsbluff, and the eighth top finish of the season for Poynter, who shot a round of 77.

Scottsbluff turned in a team score of 346, 10 strokes ahead of second place McCook. Kearney came in third at 359.

The rest of the Bearcat team had Rachel Hancock placing 10th with an 86 score and DJ Bokelman was close behind at 88. Jordyn Hoxworth fired a 95 and Ashlyn Haun came in at 100.

“GNAC titles don’t come easily in any sport for us,” Coach Wright said. “We’re playing against a lot of Class A schools with much larger enrollments. It’s really a badge of honor when we can win one of those.”

The ultimate goal of every team is to come away with a state championship. Scottsbluff won state titles in 2013 and 2014, finishing in second to Omaha Duchesne last year.

“We have our work cut out for us, but we think we can do it and play our best golf at the right time,” he said.

Bayard qualifies for state

The Bayard Tigers girls’ golf team qualified for the state tournament after placing third at the C-5 district tournament in Ogallala on Oct. 3. The team turned in a round of 429, behind host Ogallala at 395 and Chadron at 417.

Bayard’s Carissa Wolfe was seventh among the top 10 medalists, firing a round of 102 for seventh place. Teammates Sam Trevino came in at 107, followed by RyAnne Blau a stroke back at 108. Catherine Applegate carded a 112 and Alexis Peck was at 135.

This year’s Class C state tournament is Oct. 10 and 11 at the Lake Mahoney Golf Course in North Platte.

Also earning an individual trip to state was Mitchell’s Kenzey Kanno, who fired an 82 to finish second at the district tournament. Mitchell finished in fourth place as a team with a round of 437.

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