KEARNEY — Thunderstorms dampened Cedar Catholic’s chances at last week’s State Class C Golf Tournament at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course.
Despite the rain driven by steady 35 mile-per-hour wind, Cedar Catholic’s Kyle Klug finished the day with an 82 to finish just outside the Top 15 with a tie for 17th place.
“Kyle had a very good day, and just missed receiving a medal. He did a good job of getting up and down for pars all day long,” said veteran Cedar Catholic Coach Mike Johnson.
Seth Howell finished five strokes behind him with a 92. Tyler Leise completed the round with a 94, while Eric Kruse fired a 99 on the day.
Plainview’s Mitchell Klooz won a sudden-death playoff to earn medalist honors, while Hastings St. Cecilia claimed the team championship, firing a 328 to finish seven strokes better than runner-up Kimball. Gibbon was third with a 336. Plainview, Sutton and Kearney Catholic followed with 340s.
Cedar’s golfers gained some good experience, but they weren’t able to attain their goals at State, veteran Coach Johnson said.
“We didn’t play quite as well as we had hoped to play at state,” he said.
The weather may have played a factor in the team’s performance, Johnson said.
“There was a two-hour weather delay due to thunderstorms. I don’t think that delay helped us, as three of our players were performing in their first state tournament. I think the extra two-hour wait, might have made them more nervous for their first state tournament.”
The stormy weather cancelled the event after just one day of competition.
“I was disappointed for the kids that we didn’t get to play on Wednesday. I believe we would have played quite a bit better on Wednesday, and possibly moved up a couple of spots in the team standings,” he said.
Despite the 12th place finish at state, Johnson said the team still ended up with a solid year.
“Overall, we had a pretty successful season. We had kids step up and play some pretty good golf this season,” Johnson said. “We are really going to miss Tyler Leise next season, as he was a very consistent golfer for us the past two seasons, and provided leadership for the team this season.”
Cedar is poised to have a good run in 2012, Johnson said.
“The team is looking forward to next season. We have several golfers back with varsity experience. Kyle Klug, Eric Kruse, Seth Howell, Grant Howell, Derek Klug, Josh Anderson and Dalton Lammers all played in at least one varsity meet this season. With this nucleus back, I believe we can be very competitive next year,” he said.
It will take hard work in order to return to state, though, Johnson said.
“The kids will have to get out and play quite a bit of golf this summer, as well as work on their short game. If we work hard this summer, and next spring we have the ability to be a very good golf team,” he said.
Class C state golf Meet
At Meadowlark Country Club, Kearney
Hastings St. Cecilia 328, Kimball 335, Gibbon 336, Kearney Catholic 340, Plainview 340, Sutton 340, Logan View 341, Lutheran High Northeast 352, Tekamah-Herman 358, Syracuse 361, Elmwood-Murdock 366, Cedar Catholic 367, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 374, North Platte St. Patrick’s 385, Valentine 388.
1. Mitchell Klooz, PLA, 72; 2. Calvin Freeman, HTRS, 72; 3. Timothy Jensen, SYR, 73; 4. Alexander Totusek, OBT, 74; 5. Michael Hannon, HSC, 75; 6. Kendall Ferguson, KIM, 76; 7. Rylee Reinertson, GIB, 78; 8. (tie) John Spellerberg, BER, 79; Jesse Nissen, HEA, 79; Reid Wiebe, SUT, 79; 11. (tie) Payton Baker, LHNE, 80; Ben Tomcak, HSC, 80; Christian Steele, GIB, 80; Kyle Simonds, GICC, 80; 15. (tie) Christian Nohr, CRO, 81; Tyler Dowling, KC, 81; 17. (tie) Alex Sheehy, Hastings St. Cecilia, 82. 17(tie) Kyle Klug, Cedar Catholic, 82; 17 (tie). Alex Johnston, Perkins County, 82; 17. (tie) Keegan Fitzgerald, Kearney Catholic, 82; 17. (tie) Robert Wacker, Logan View, 82; 17. (tie) Graff Suhr, Arlington, 82; 17. (tie) Lance Spongberg, Sutton, 82; 17. (tie) Robert Minert, David City, 82; Trenton Peterson, Ponca, 83; Riley Northup, St. Paul, 83; Sam Meuret, Plainview, 83; Andrew Van Kirk, Sutton, 84; Blake Obermeyer, Tekamah-Herman; 84 Todd O’Hare, Kimball, 84; Derek Mowinkel, Logan View, 84; Renen Sahr, Gordon-Rushville, 84; Shawn Rodehorst, Kearney Catholic, 84; Dylan Dravland, Douglas County West, 84; Jeffry Greenwood, Kimball, 84; Jacob Kuhlman, Elmwood-Murdock, 85; Trent Elsasser, Oakland-Craig, 85; Riley Knake, Norfolk Catholic, 85; Alexander O’Neill, Ponca, 85; Blake Bowland, Tekamah-Herman, 86; Seth Schafersman,Logan View, 86 Mitchell Smith, Battle Creek, 86; Skyler Jacobsen, Ainsworth, 87; Kalen Coats, Gordon-Rushville, 87; Andrew Schulte, Doniphan-Trumbull, 87; Bennett Steele, Gibbon, 88; Riley Meuret, Plainview, 88; Preston Walford, Tekamah-Herman, 88; Derek Duerst, Lutheran High NE; 89; Ryan Wacker, Logan View, 89; Ryan Milks, Gibbon, 90; Raymond Behling, Elmwood-Murdock, 90; Broderick Baker, Lutheran High NE; 90; Jared Arensdorf, North Platte St. Patrick’s; 90; Henry Heeg, Kimball, 91;Thomas Skoch, Hastings St. Cecilia; 91; Ryan Sheehy, Hastings St. Cecilia, 91; Clayton Wacker, Logan View, 91; Seth Howell, Cedar Catholic, 92; Lane Hildebrandt, Valentine, 92; Harrison Agena, Syracuse, 92;
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