Plainsmen come out on top after first week

By Samantha Goff

Grant Tribune-Sentinel

The Plainsmen boys competed in a duel vs. Creek Valley to open their season on Thursday March 30, before heading to Benkelman on Monday April 3where they took on nine other teams. 

Creek Valley duel

Coach Troy Kemling was pleased with several of his golfers as well as the mostly cooperative weather for the teams first competition of the year, where Perkins County beat out Creek Valley by 25 strokes. 

Tyson Patrick was the teams top player, with just 41 strokes. Josh Johnston trailed   by one stroke with 42, while Tyler Thelander came in third with 44.

“They have been leading the way in practice and did that today with our three lowest scores,” said Kemling. 

The coach added, “I was impressed with the golf from Carson Thelander and Alex Poppe. In their first event, both showed poise and consistency. Carson played steady all round where Alex opened with three poor holes and was able to string 4 pars together. For Freshmen, they exceeded my expectations in their first action. I am excited to see how they respond to a varsity meet.”

Team scoring: 1. Perkins County, 172; 2. Creek Valley, 197.

Individual scoring: 1. Tyson Patrick, PC, 41; 2. Josh Johnston, PC, 42; 3. Tyler Thelander, PC, 44; 4. Carson Thelander, PC, 45; 5/6. Alex Poppe, PC, 46; 5/6. Brett Godfrey, CV, 46; 7. Michael Beck, PC, 48; 8/9. James McArtor, PC, 51; 8/9. Cobey Werner, PC, 51; 10. Jacob Woodmancy, PC, 52.10. Ben Cabela, CV, 52; 

Other PC scores: Aaron Fay, 53; Kaden Smith, 56; Sam McArtor, 56; Chase Toner, 61; Logan Hansen, 67. 

Benkelman Invite

Coach Kemling and the Plainsmen headed to Benkelman on Monday April 3 and competed against nine other teams and came out on top. 

Perkins County took first place with a team score of 346, beating the second place Dundy County Stratton team by 31 strokes. Medicine Valley came in third with a team score of 381.

Individually, Josh Johnston was the top scorer for PC, and placed second overall, with just 80 strokes. 

Tyson Patrick earned sixth place with 87, and Tyler Thelander earned ninth with 88 strokes. 

Alex Poppe and Carson Thelander also made top 15, Poppe placed thirteenth with 91 strokes and Thelander placed fourteenth with 93. 

“Even though some strokes were left on the course, I was pleased with everyone’s effort and result,” said Coach Kemling.

Team scoring: 1. Perkins County, 346; 2. Dundy County Stratton, 377; 3. Medicine Valley, 381; 4. Paxton, 388; 5. Cambridge, 415; 6. Hitchcock County, 415; 7. South Platte, 420; 8.Southwest, 495; 9.Maywood-Hayes Center, 510; 10.Chase County J/V, 569.

Individual scoring: 1. Preston Carbaugh, Cambridge, 75; 2. Josh Johnston, PC, 80; 3. Jeremy Peters, Paxton, 83; 4. Sid Schultz, Medicine Valley, 85; 5. Matthew Lorens, Dundy County Stratton, 86; 6. Tyson Patrick, PC, 87; 7. Brady Wonderly, Dundy County Stratton, 87; 8. Joe Chancellor, Medicine Valley, 88; 9. Tyler Thelander, PC, 88; 10. Blaine Teeter, Hitchcock County, 88; 11. Nate Auffet, Dundy County Stratton, 89; 12. Darian Hutto, Hitchcock County, 91; 13. Alex Poppe, Perkins County, 91; 14. Carson Thelander, Perkins County, 93; 15. Will Spencer, South Platte, 93.  

Next action

The Perkins County Plainsmen travel to participate in the Hershey Invite on Thursday, April 13 at 9 a.m.

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