GO WEST: North Platte, Scottsbluff, Broken Bow claim state titles


FAIRWAYS AND GREENS — The three teams with the lowest district scores from last week’s girls golf post-season tournaments, carried all that momentum in to state on Monday and Tuesday.

North Platte (Class A), Scottsbluff (Class B) and Broken Bow (Class C) all ran away with the team titles on Tuesday. Class A was played at Norfolk Country Club, Class B at Monument Shadows Golf Club in Gering and Class C at Elks Country Club in Columbus.

Let’s recap all three tournaments.

Class A

COCO THE CHAMP: After finishing second last year to Omaha Westside’s Kaitlyn Hanna, Lincoln Pius’ Nicole Kolbas blitzed the field in Norfolk with a 3-under par 69 on Tuesday when only two other players, including Hanna, broke 80.

Kolbas’ 140 (4-under par) total set a Class A record for low 36-hole score in a state tournament and she finished 12 shots ahead of Hanna, who won the state title as a freshman and sophomore. Both players will be back next year. Karsen Morrison of team champion North Platte was third after a second consecutive 78 for a 156 total.

North Platte cruised to the team title placing three golfers in the top-15 — Morrison, Baylee Steele and Maya Lashley — while shooting a team total of 660, good for eighth best all-time in tournament history. Their rounds of 324 and 336 were the two lowest scores of the tournament and they finished 23 shots ahead of Pius.

Class A Team Scores: North Platte 660, Lincoln Pius X 683, Millard North 694, Lincoln Southwest 698, Omaha Westside 713, Elkhorn South 715, Papillion-LaVista 720, Lincoln East 724, Omaha Marian 733, Papillion-LaVista South 748, Kearney 753, Ralston/Omaha Mercy 763.

Individual Medalists: Nicole Kolbas, Lincoln Pius (140), Kaitlyn Hanna, Omaha Westside (152), Karsen Morrison, North Platte (156), Katelyn Ruge, Millard North (159), Baylee Steele, North Platte (160), Sydney Taake, Papillion-LaVista (162), Ansley Sothan, Lincoln Southeast (165), Kaitlyn Dumler, Lincoln East (165), Maya Lashley, North Platte (166), Ciera Haynes, Papillion-LaVista South (168), Jeslynn Baumert, Omaha Marian (168), Sadie Steele, Lincoln Southwest (169), Adalia Mayo, Lincoln Southeast (171), Ashley Tackett, Elkhorn South (173), Sarah Lasso, Columbus (174).

Class B

EXTRA TIME: A three-way battle down the stretch turned into a Twin Cities playoff at Monument Shadows in Gering between Scottsbluff’s Anna Kelley and Gering’s Madi Schlaepfer, who finished tied after 36-holes at 156.

Kelley and Schlaepfer started the day four and five shots behind Elkhorn North freshman Julia Karmazin, who had an amazing 77 in sustained 30-35 miles per hour winds on Monday when only six players in the field broke 90.

Both Kelley and Schlaepfer were four behind with nine holes to play. With Karmazin making a bogey on 12 and double bogey on 14, Kelley had a one shot lead over both players on the 18th tee. Schaepfler made par to Kelley’s bogey that forced a playoff while Karmazin made double bogey to finish two shots behind.

Kelley won the individual title with a par on the second playoff hole.

Kelley’s individual performance was part of an even more dominant performance from her teammates. They put all five golfers in the top-15 while cruising to the title — their ninth in the last 18 years — by 51 shots over Omaha Duchesne with a team score of 686.

Class B Team Scores: Scottsbluff 686, Omaha Duchesne Academy 737, Elkhorn North 744, Omaha Gross Catholic 801, York 813, Gering 822, Northwest 823, Blair 824, Seward 833, Nebraska City 840, Beatrice 848, Alliance 914.

Individual Medalists: Anna Kelley, Scottsbluff (156-x), Madi Schaepfler, Gering (156), Julia Karmazin, Elkhorn North (158), Emily Karmazin, Elkhorn North (163), Bridget Duffy, Omaha Duchesne (168), Emily Krzyzanowski, Scottsbluff (172), Nielli Heinold, Scottsbluff (179), Tayber Meyer, Gering (180), Hayley Holzworth, Scottsbluff (180), Riley Stuhr, York (180), Halle Shaddick, Scottsbluff (181), Madeline Pelton, Chadron (182), Isabelle Gutschewski, Omaha Duchesne (189), Kathleen Kelly, Omaha Duchesne (190), Abigail York, York (191), Brynn Bohlen, Nebraska City (191). x – won playoff.

Class C

WHATEVER IT TAKES: While there was little drama in the team race in Class C at Elks Country Club, the individual race was filled with high-drama between last year’s top-two finishers — Lynzi Becker of Cozad and Abby Brodersen of Boone Central.

With Broken Bow having two medalists and cruising to a 46 shot win over Lincoln Christian, defending champion Becker appeared well on her way to another individual title with five holes left, after Brodersen made a double bogey 7 on the 13th.

But then, the tied switched as Brodersen made pars at 14, 15 and 16 while Becker bogeyed each hole leaving the pair tied with two holes remained. After both made par on 17, Becker drove into a bunker right of the 18th and had a bogey putt of some 10-feet on 18.

Brodersen could seal the win, however, with this par putt on the 18th hole.

Minden’s Kendall Colby finished third and had the low round of the day with a 77 and total 159.

Class C Team Scores: Broken Bow 732, Lincoln Christian 778, West Point-Beemer 785, Heartland 787, Minden 789, Lincoln Lutheran 790, Valentine 793, Boone Central 794, Columbus Scotus 801, Battle Creke 822, Kimball 824, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 830, Grand Island Central Catholic 848, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 856, Mitchell 862.

Individual Medalists: Abby Brodersen, Boone Central (155), Lynzi Becker, Cozad (157), Kendall Colby, Minden (159), Olivia Lovegrove, Lincoln Christian (162), Elizabeth Mestl, Heartland (164), Payton Wise, Kimball (166), Brook Diekamper (167), Angela Messere, Grand Island Central Catholic (167), Cecilia Arndt, Columbus Scotus (171), Rachael Volin, Lincoln Lutheran (172), Madison Jackson, Broken Bow (173), Emery Custer, Broken Bow (174), Shaylee Staack, Syracuse (179), Grace Fahleson, Lincoln Lutheran (181), Kailey Johnson, West Point-Beemer (183), Annica Harm, Gothenburg (183).

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