Nebraska boys state golf championships
The Nebraska boys state golf championships came to a conclusion on Wednesday. Here's a look at the final results from all four classes.
CLASS A - NORFOLK COUNTRY CLUB (NORFOLK):
Luke Kluver went wire-to-wire and claimed his second individual state title in three years with a 5-under par in the two-day event at his home course. The junior was the only golfer to shoot in the red on both days.The Panthers of Norfolk followed his lead as they topped the field by 24 shots and shot 27-over par to win the first boys state golf title in school history.
North Platte got a 10th place tie from sophomore Jayden Jones as the Bulldogs played steady from top to bottom, finishing sixth in the Class A field. The Bulldogs were one shot out of the top 5 and 10 strokes short of tying Millard North for second place.
Kearney High finished 11th of 12 teams but did see a great 36 holes played by senior Jace Kratzenstein, who tied for fifth with his 6-over 150.
CLASS B - QUAIL RUN GOLF COURSE (COLUMBUS):
Aurora's Caleb Badura went back-to-back in the individual state championships by shooting a 72 on Tuesday and dropping two shots Wednesday to finish at 2-under, ten strokes better than anyone else. Badura, who bogeyed the par-4 third hole for a second straight day, got it back with a birdie on the ninth and then had three of them in the final seven holes following a bogey at the par-3 11th.
York's magical season continued at the final NSAA sanctioned event of the year with a third state championship for a boys team sport. The Dukes had three golfers finish in the top 11 as Dalton Mogul (+13) led the way in a sixth-place tie while fellow seniors Grant Case and Trevor Clark tied for 11th at 16-over. All five Dukes finished s omewhere in the top 19 spots.
CLASS C - KEARNEY COUNTRY CLUB (KEARNEY):
Grand Island Central Catholic captured the Class C state championship for a third time in the last four years.
"Our motto this year was, 'Back on track.' We wanted to get back on track where we were a couple years ago," said head coach Craig Rupp.
The lone senior on the Crusader roster got back on track from the first day to the next. Gavin Fox, after shooting a 7-over 78 on Tuesday, tied for the second lowest round on Wednesday with a 73, helping him to a tie for fifth. Jack Goering slipped back from his opening round 77 by three strokes but a 15-over two-day total was still good for a ninth place tie. Gavin's little brother, Eli, also mounted a 16th place finish when he tied with Ian Lundquist (Oakland-Craig) at 19-over.
"We worked so hard this year to do this," said Gavin Fox. "I mean, there was countless hours we spent as a team on the short range at Riverside (Golf Club) hitting together and playing together that its' satisfying to look back now over all those memories we had."
Carson Hamik also made big strides in the second day, as the senior was able to go from a 91 to an 81 and secure the fourth posted score for his teammates.
GICC needed to erase a two-shot deficit and overcome two teams who were ahead of them after Tuesday's 36-over score. The Crusaders out-shot Elmwood-Murdock, the first round leader, by 12 shots on Wednesday and were 24 shots better than Hartington Cedar Catholic on the second day. The Crusaders 317 team score was the lowest of anyone over the two-day event.
"I don't know if I had a feeling. I thought we could play well to be here, I thought we could be competitive coming down to day two," Rupp said.
Chase Largen of Creighton dropped five shots from his opening 70, and even bogeyed the final hole of the event, but Matthew Schaefer, the second place finisher, shot 3-over on the back nine and put a square around his number on the final two holes to end up with a 73 and finish a shot back of Largen.
CLASS D - LAKE MALONEY GOLF CLUB (NORTH PLATTE):
The state championship couldn't be decided in 36 holes at Lake Maloney Golf Club.
Ryan Weiss, a sophomore at Franklin, and West Holt's Mason Hale needed extra golf to decide it. Weiss had went out in 36 but came back with a 39, while Hale had a 38 on his front 9 but closed with a 36 including two birdies and five pars over his final seven holes.
However, Weiss was able to get a par on the second playoff hole and top the senior to become the first (non-sand greens) individual medal winner at Franklin.
Hale's 7-over was one of many great rounds provided by the Huskies, who repeated as team champions. If Hale had been able to defeat Weiss, he would have become the school's first individual champ.