Plainsmen win Hershey golf invitational
By Tim Linscott
The Perkins County Plainsmen picked up their first golf tournament win of the season with a decisive 30-plus stroke victory on April 17.
PCHS won with a team score of 350 while Sandhills/Thedford was a distant second with 389.
The invite was held at Oregon Trails Golf Course in Sutherland and head coach Troy Kemling said his team is starting to solve the puzzle of golf.
“We had an excellent outing today,” Kemling said. “The boys seem to be finding ways to eliminate more strokes off their scorecards. Probably the way they were able to do this was through solid putting.” Kemling added, “I challenged the team to average a two putt on all the greens. Most of the players were able to do this, in spite of the large greens that Sutherland boasts, reflecting on their scores.”
Leading the Plainsmen was Austin Fay with an 85. Fay shot a 42 on the front nine and a 43 on the back nine, placing fourth overall.
Brennan Toner was fifth with an 85. Toner had a 44 on the front nine and improved by three strokes to finish the day with a 41.
PCHS senior Chase Miyamoto finished ninth, shooting a 90, stripping six strokes off of his front nine play. He shot a 48 to start the day and ended with a 42.
“Chase Miyamoto showed the most improvement from the front nine to the back nine. He has been working on changing some aspects of his swing,” Kemling said. “The result of these changes are now starting to pay off. His confidence continues to grow each day through small successes.”
Others golfing for PCHS included Tyler Thelander, who shot a 90 but lost in a playoff, James McArtor (103), Kaden Kammerer (125), Shane Ourada (141), Dakota Prante (143) and Kaleb Gaar (78 through nine holes).