The Perkins County Plainsmen golfers, including (l-r): Carson Thelander, Tyson Patrick, Jacob Woodmancy, Josh Johnston and Aaron Fay stand with the their champion place plaque and medals on May 1 in McCook. 

PC golfers take first at McCook

PC golfers had a busy week after they sent golfers to three meets last week.

The JV team headed to Creek Valley with girls golf coach Shawn Cole, while varsity boys competed at the Hitchcock County meet in McCook with Coach Troy Kemling.

The PC team then headed to Kimball last Friday.

Creek Valley JV

May 1 was an unexpected opportunity for the JV team to get in a bit more practice, which they gladly took advantage of. 

Earning fourth place for the day individually was senior Michael Beck, who shot his season low with an 84 (44-40).

Coach Troy Kemling said “Michael played well earning fourth place. This was his low of the season which now is the best time of the year to be accomplishing this. He commented the greens were slow to him and he had difficulty hitting the ball with enough pace.”

Kaden Smith shot a 108 after 55 strokes on the front nine, and 53 on the back.

James Wright competed in his first 18-hole competition and ended the day with a score of 145, 72 strokes on the front and 73 on the back.

“It was a sensational day for the PC golfers!” Kemling said. 

Hitchcock County Varsity at McCook

“The guys have driven by the McCook course and always wanted to play it. Today was the their opportunity and they did take advantage,” Kemling said of his varsity teams performance on May 1 at the Hitchcock County invite. 

Jacob Woodmancy took first place after winning a playoff, and finishing the day with a score of 81, a season low for him.

Aaron Fay came in second and achieved a personal record with a day total of 81 (38-43).

“It was exciting to have two golfers tie for medals. It was even more surprising that it was our fourth and fifth golfers earning that distinction. Both Aaron and Jacob really put together excellent nine hole scores today. I was extremely pleased on their performance and how they handled themselves,” Kemling commented.

Josh Johnston took fifth place with a score of 83, and Tyson Patrick took ninth with a score of 85. 

Carson Thelander ended the day with 87 strokes total.

Kemling said, “It is a luxury to be able to compete in two different venues, giving all golfers an opportunity to compete. It is also a great advantage to have six golfers all in the 80s on the same day. It is a testament to the quality of depth we have on this special team.”


Friday, May 4 saw the Perkins County Plainsmen travel to Kimball where the team came in second place for the day with a total of 339. 

Kimball took the number one spot with a team score of 322.

Three Plainsmen placed individually on the top 10. 

“I was pleased with the play of Josh and Tyson, again leading the way for the team,” 

Johnston took sixth place after shooting 41 on the first nine holes, and 42 on the back for a total of 83.

Patrick had 40 strokes and followed with 44 for a day total of 84.

“Tyson is striking the ball well, arguably the best of his career, which is making it difficult to hit specific yardages. For instance on hole 14, he was 165 yards out and hit a smooth 8 iron which traveled 20 yards long into native grass. The resulting triple bogie undermined an otherwise solid round of golf,” Kemling added.

Woodmancy placed tenth with a score of 86. 

Also participating in the Kimball invite were Fay who shot an 86 but just lost in the scorecard for 10th place, Thelander who shot an 89, and Beck who finished the day with a 93.

“[Today] was a decent outing for us. Not our best but a fine showing. We play this same course again at districts which does set us up to be able to improve upon our scores today,” Kemling said, adding “I felt we were running a little low on energy. We were finishing a stretch of four tournaments over two weeks and playing after an exhausting hike at McCook on Tuesday.  I thought some poor mental decisions were a result of fatigue.”

Next Action

On Thursday, May 10 at 9 a.m., Coach Kemling and the PC golf team travel to Ogallala for their last regular season competition before they head back to Kimball for districts on May 15, time is TBA. 

“We finish on Thursday at Ogallala, both an easy walk and close to home.  It should give us a boost mentally and physically heading into districts,” Kemling said.

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