By Tim Linscott
The last event for some JV golfers was the Sutherland Invite on May 13. They gained valuable experience, but also had to learn to deal with cold weather conditions.
PCS finished eighth with a team score of 494. Creek Valley won with a team score of 388.
Top golfer on the day for the varsity was Chase Miyamoto, placing ninth with a 96.
“This meet provided them with an event to finish the year with and have a chance to show their improvement through the season. It was a chance to gain more tournament experience and to compete in their last meet for the year,” PCS golf coach Troy Kemling said, adding that the weather felt like April instead of May as temperatures hovered in the 55 degree range with gusty winds.
Also golfing for PCS were Carson Sletten (109), Shane Ourada (138), James McArtor (151) and Kaleb Gaar (168).
“I thought Carson played well today. He didn’t have the opportunity to play in meets until recently and I thought he took advantage of his opportunity today. A 109 is commendable for someone’s first tournament. It’s just too bad that it had to happen at the end of the season,” Kemling said.
The team headed to Ogallala on May 15 for the final meet before districts.
The team finished in ninth place with a 379 team score. McCook won with a 313 team score.
Top golfer for PCS was Tyler Thelander, finishing with a 90. Thelander, Miyamoto and Brennan Toner each improved as the day finished. Austin Fay shot a 91 (43-48), Miyamoto a 92 (47-45), Toner a 106 (54-52) and Kaden Kammerer a 117 (56-61).
The day was a departure for the Plainsmen, according to Kemling.
“We did not play our consistent golf that has been a staple for the past few weeks,” Kemling said. “If we can take away about one to two bad holes per person, our team finish would have been in the top five.”
Kemling knows with districts just a few days after this invite, it was crucial to correct mistakes.
“We can’t allow one poor shot to become multiple poor shots if we hope to score our best, especially at districts,” Kemling said.
Kemling indicated the weather was cool and winds picked up in the middle of the round.
Districts at Kimball
At the district meet in Kimball on May 19, the Plainsmen finished 12th overall with a team score of 405. Bayard won the team championship with a team score of 346.
“The results today were a surprise to me as I thought that we were ready to perform well. I think the nerves of the district meet got to the boys today,” Kemling said. “All but Austin started their rounds off with a difficult start and couldn’t bring forth the consistent play that we had been experiencing.”
The greens proved to be a difficulty for the team as they were double cut and extremely fast.
“The boys had a tough time adjusting from downhill to uphill putts and just didn’t get their speed down,” Kemling said.
Austin Fay shot an 85 (42-43), just shy of the top 10, at 13th place. Chase Miyamoto had 53 on the front nine and 49 on the back nine (102) and Tyler Thelander carded a 106 (54-52). Brennan Toner shot a 110 (58-52) and Kaden Kammerer a 125 (58-67).
“In spite of not playing our best, I saw the boys represent Perkins County well in their sportsmanship,” Kemling said.