State Golf Recap: Hawks, Wolves and Bow Win Titles


Lincoln Southwest and Pius X junior Nicole Kolbas continued their hold on Class A golf at Norfolk Country Club on Tuesday.

The Silverhawks held on to their first day lead by firing a second day 318 for a two-day 627 total the helped them defeat Lincoln East (652) and Millard North (653) for the state team championship. LSW placed all five golfers in the top-23 of the 75 player field with three medalists — Kate Strickland (144), Neely Adler (155) and Lauryn Ball (165).

Southwest’s 627 total was the second lowest in state tournament history.

But, the bigger story may have been Kolbas, who held off Strickland and 2019 champion Kaitlyn Hanna of Omaha Westside. How good was Hanna? Her 2-under par 142 was the third best score of all-time in Class A.

The defending champion junior fired a tournament record 140 last October and on Monday set out to shatter it. She opened the tournament with a bogey-free 5-under par 67 and followed that round up Wednesday with a 3-under 69 to beat her old mark by three shots.

“The feeling is pretty surreal,” Kolbas said. “I came into this week knowing I needed to play well because of the incredible competition we had this year. I didn’t have my greatest game all season until state.

“Seeing everything I have been working on come together was the most fulfilling aspect of the week.”

Top-five teams: Lincoln Southwest 627, Lincoln East 652, Millard North 653, Elkhorn South 678, Lincoln Pius 671.

Individual Medalists: Nicole Kolbas, Pius 136; Kaitlyn Hanna, Omaha Westside 142; Kate Strickland, Lincoln Southwest 144; Katelyn Ruge, Millard North 146; Karsen Morrison, North Platte 153; Sarah Lasso, Columbus 155, Neely Adler, Lincoln Southwest 155; Emma Moss, Lincoln East 157; Elly Honnens, Lincoln East 159; Kaitlyn Dumler, Lincoln East 159; Erica Lee, Millard North 160; Summer Christiansen, Elkhorn South 161; Kylie Vanschoiack, Pius 163; Lauren Kohl, Elkhorn South 164; Emily Evans, Millard West, 165; Lauryn Ball, Lincoln Southwest 165; Isabella Pesicka, Millard North 165.

Class A team champion Lincoln Southwest.

Sister Act

BESTIES: Elkhorn North’s Julia Karmazin hugs sister and Class B state champion Emily after play in Scottsbluff on Tuesday. Also picture are Gering’s Emily Krzyzanowski and Scottsbluff’s Anna Kelley. (nebreps photo / Dante Boelhower)

Behind sisters Julia and Emily Karmazin, Elkhorn North reversed a district golf defeat from Omaha Duchesne for their first state golf title in school history, Their two-day total of 677 topped Scottsbluff (696) and Duchesne (706) for team honors.

Sophomore Julia fired a second-day, even-par 72 in chilly and breezy conditions at Scottsbluff Country Club to over take senior sister Emily for a championship total of 145 (3-over par). Emily had led on 72 after the first day, but carded a second day 79 to finish second. Defending champion Anna Kelly of Scottsbluff matched low honors for the day with a 72 and finished third at 154 with Gering’s Emily Krzyzanowski.

The three top teams dominated the medal count as well, taking 10 of the 15 individual medals. For the champions, senior Elle Houston finished tenth at 178.

Top-five teams: Elkhorn North 677, Scottsbluff 696, Omaha Duchesne 706, Grand Island Northwest 804, York 824.

Individual Medalists: Julia Karmazin, Elkhorn North 145; Emily Karmazin, Elkhorn North 151; Emma Kelley, Scottsbluff 154; Emily Krzyzanowski, Gering 154; Nelli Heinold, Scottsbluff 159; Kathleen Kelley, Omaha Duchesne 168; Isabelle Gutchewski, Omaha Duchesne 173; Kathleen Schultz, Elkhorn 175; Kiera Paquette, Beatrice 176; Ellie Houston, Elkhorn North 178; Jane Mullen, Omaha Duchesne 180; Sidney O’Dey, Adams Central 180; Shae Willats, Scottsbluff 182; Ella Wright, Omaha Duchesne 185; Anna Moore, Blair 189.

Class B team champion Elkhorn North (photo courtesy / Nebraska Golf Association)

Run It Back

SHINING SHAMROCK: Columbus Scotus sophomore CeCe Arndt won the Class C state title with a two-day total of 157. (nebpreps photo / Eric Allgood)

Broken Bow didn’t make a repeat Class C title very easy on themselves at Elks Country Club in Columbus. But, they repeated nonetheless with a dominate team performance on Tuesday.

After an opening day 374 while counting a 92 and 105, the Indians trailed first round leader Columbus Scotus by five shots. But, a regroup came on Tuesday as all four counting scores were from 82-89 as Bow lapped the field with a 345 to defeat the Shamrocks by 26 shots.

“This is an amazing testament to our kids work ethic, efforts to get better and drive to stay on top,” Bow coach Kelly Cooksley said. “We had a rough day by our standards on Monday but our kids just rallied and competed.

“They did not want to give up the title.”

Scotus sophomore CeCe Arndt was the only player in the field to break 80 twice in edging 2019 champion Lynzi Becker of Cozad for the individual title. Her two-day total 157 was three shots clear of Becker and four of Kimball senior Payton Wise. West Point-Beemer’s Brooke Diekemper and Lincoln Christian’s Olivia Lovegrove tied for fourth. Diekemper (76) and Wise (77) has the low rounds of the day.

Top-five teams: Broken Bow 719, Columbus Scotus 745, Lincoln Lutheran 775, West Point-Beemer 789, Valentine 792.

Individual Medalists: CeCe Arndt, Scotus 157; Lynzi Becker, Cozad 160; Payton Wise, Kimball 161; Brooke Diekemper 162; Olivia Lovegrove, Lincoln Christian 162; Angela Messere, Grand Island Central Catholic 167; Emery Custer, Broken Bow 170; Rachel Volin, Lincoln Lutheran 173; Camryn Johnson, Broken Bow 175; Elizabeth Mestl, Heartland 178; Ella Jacobsen, Holdrege 179; Molly Custer, Broken Bow 180; Jacqueline Bowles, Mitchell 181; Mekallyn Bancroft, Valentine 182; Taylor Beierman, Boone Central 182.

Class C champion Broken Bow

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