On Tuesday, April 2, Plainsmen golfers participated in the Dundy Invite. They were among eight competing teams and finished in the third place spot with 377 points.
Other teams and their placings were Cambridge first, 360; Medicine Valley second, 368; Cheylin fourth, 385; Dundy County-Stratton fifth, 392; Hitchcock County sixth, 409; Southwest seventh, 441; Chase County eighth, 482.
“It was a solid season opener for us today,” said Plainsman golf coach Troy Kemling. “Like all openers, I noticed positives—things we did well and also areas we need to improve on.”
Individually, the Plainsmen golfers placed high among their peers, with three bringing home medals.
Alex Johnston finished third, scoring an 86.
“Alex had a great opening nine in spite of an out-of-bounds,” said Kemling. “He was hitting quality shots and converting on up and down opportunities. His confidence has been growing as he is seeing the type of golfer he can become.”
Cole Whalen was 13th, scoring 96. Blake Poppe was not far behind in 14th place, scoring 97. Austin Thelander was just out of the top 15 with a 98 and newcomer Austin Fay scored 102.
Chase Miyamoto finished in first place in junior varsity.
“For his first meet, Austin Fay played relatively well,” Kemling said. “He learned how slow tournament golf can be and how difficult it can be to stay focused for the entire round.”
Kemling hopes the motivation of three medals inspires the players to continue to work hard in practice and looks to see improvement in the short games and decision making processes.
Plainsmen golfers will take part in the Hershey Invite today (Thursday, April 11) which will be held in Sutherland beginning at 9 a.m., then the Chase County Invite on Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.