The Perkins County golf team who earned district runner up in Kimball on May 15 includes (l-r): Jacob Woodmancy, Michael Beck, Carson Thelander, Josh Johnston, Tyson Patrick, Aaron Fay and Coach Troy Kemling.  

Class C-5 Plainsmen earn district runner up and a trip to state

Four Winds Golf Course in Kimball hosted Class C-5 District Golf on May 15, where PC was able to come in second place, enough to earn them a trip to state which began on Tuesday, May 22. 

Districts saw the boys take second place with 342 strokes. Kimball took first with 309, and Bridgeport trailed PC by 19 strokes, taking third place with a team score of 361.

Head Coach Troy Kemling said, “I thought we displayed good effort the entire day but we could not finish the back nine the same way as the front. For us, it came down to putting, once again. These greens are so hard to read and can prove frustrating when good putts lip out. (Today), the outcome of our putts not falling deflated some of our players on the back nine. It becomes easy to become disheartened.”

Individually, Josh Johnston took third place after shooting a 78. 

“Josh began the day playing his best golf. Going out with a 36 left him alone in second place, trailing Kimball’s Dillon Wise who carded a 33 (-2). On the 10th hole, Josh tried to hit an extremely difficult shot which he should not have tried. This led to a double bogey on a hole he usually birdies or pars. I think Josh knew he shouldn’t try it but he was just playing so well and decided to roll the dice. Not the best choice and he paid for it.

“I think he felt he let the team down with that decision along with going 3 over par on the last four holes. A final tally of 78, good for third, is commendable under the difficult playing conditions,” Kemling said.

Jacob Woodmancy found himself on the top 10 individuals scores, taking ninth place with 82. 

“Jacob continues to demonstrate mature golf even though he is still a younger player. His opening 39 included a triple bogie on number 8 which show how well he was playing on the other holes. He limited his remaining holes to pars and bogies, making a solid score, good enough for ninth place. I was encouraged by his play and attitude.”

Also competing was Tyson Patrick who was two strokes out of the top 10 with an 85.

“Tyson also played well on the opening nine holes. His 40 included a triple bogie. We have discussed the need to limit the bad holes to a bogie if we want to challenge the best teams. This is still an area of focus for us. Tyson gave up many strokes the second half of the day on the greens. He knows these strokes are just wasted opportunities and he will work on putting leading up to the state tournament,” Kemling added.

Aaron Fay shot a 97, and Carson Thelander ended the day with an individual score of 98.

“Both Aaron and Carson struggled to control the ball off the tee or on the green. For Aaron, he gave up many strokes around the green with poor chips and putts. He realizes these are unnecessary extra strokes that the better golfers don’t incur. He has made the short game and area of focus.

“Carson had difficulty keeping his tee shots in the fairway and out of the trees.  Too many poor shots led to chip outs from the trees. It was hard for him to build any momentum today and, as a result, his score suffered. We will be working on grooving his swing this next week leading up to state.”

Despite the struggles of the day, the team earned district runner up and had two players on the individual top ten, and would advance to the state championship.

“It was a relief to be able to put this meet behind us.  We knew playing Kimball on their home course was completely their advantage and they took it and ran with it scoring a season low 309.  On our best day, I don’t think we could compete with that.  They showed up determined and ready to play. Congrats to them. 

“We also knew that if we didn’t play well, other teams could challenge for second place. Thankfully other teams scored higher than normal due to the difficult playing conditions insuring a runner up finish for us.,” Coach Kemling said. 

Team Results: 1. Kimball, 309; 2. Perkins County, 342; 3. Bridgeport, 361.

Individual Results: 1. Dillon Wise, Kimball, 73; 2. Eric Stevens, Bridgeport, 76; 3. Joshua Johnston, Perkins County, 78; 4. Kole Bush, Kimball, 78; 5. Zane Anthony, Kimball, 79; 6. Andrew McCloud, Kimball, 79; 7. Preston Carbaugh, Cambridge, 80; 8. Izaac Rueter, Kimball, 81; 9. Jacob Woodmancy, Perkins County, 82; 10. Dylan Hathorn, Valentine, 83.

On Tuesday, May 22 the PC golfers headed to Kearney to compete in day one of the State Golf Championship. 

Kemling said, “Heading into the state tourney allows us to check off one of our goals that we made at the beginning of the season. 

“I’m sure this team will enjoy themselves but when the golf starts, they will be giving their best effort for each shot. That is all I can ask for.”

Round one results

As of press time, round one of the state championships had wrapped up with the highly anticipated second round to be played today, Wednesday, May 23. 

At the end of the day Tuesday, Johnston was tied for 25th with a day total of 83.

Woodmancy had 85, which earned him a tie for 36th.

Shooting an 86 left Thelander tied for 40th, and a score of 88 left Patrick tied for 55th. 

Fay sat in 80th place at the end of day one with a 96.

Perkins County was listed number nine on the team scores with a team total of 342, while Elmwood-Murdock held the number one spot with a team total of 318.

Stay tuned to the Tribune for full coverage on the state golf championship.

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