Plainsmen third at SPVA golf invite
By Tim Linscott
The Perkins County High School boys golf team placed third at the Southern Platte Valley Association (SPVA) conference invite on May 2 in Kimball.
PCS had a 392 team score and Chase County won with a 352.
Leading the Plainsmen was Brennan Toner, scoring an 87. He shot a 39 on the front nine and finished the afternoon with a 48.
Austin Fay shot a 90 (41-49) to end in seventh place overall.
Rounding out the top 10 was Tyler Thelander, shooting a 45 on the front nine and a 50 on the back nine to score a 95.
Also playing for PCS was James McArtor (51-69), Kaden Kammerer (58-63) and Shane Ourada (70-76).
McArtor, a freshman, stepped into the varsity spot for the first time at the SPVA invite.
“We played today without one of our key players due to a scheduling conflict. But this situation did provide valuable playing experience for freshman James McArtor in his first varsity action. He took advantage of the situation and did play well in his varsity debut,” said Troy Kemling, PCS head boys golf coach.
Kemling called McArtor’s feat, as well as the rest of the team, impressive, as the Kimball greens are ‘very difficult to get a good read on the break.’
Toner broke 40 on the opening nine holes, a first for his career, which may have played into the mental aspect of the game.
“ This seemed to have affected him once he realized it and he did not play as well after that realization,” Kemling said.
The team is putting together all aspects of the game to prepare for the district tournament and then possibly the state invite.
“Even though we left strokes out on the course, just playing the course will be invaluable to gaining knowledge for districts. We are still learning how good of players each of us can be. Each outing confirms our abilities more and more,” Kemling said.