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Josh Johnston, a PC senior, takes a swing at the ball at the Chase County Invite last week. Johnston ended the day with an individual score of 87. 

Plainsmen take first at Chase County Invite

Despite terrible wind conditions in Chase County, the Plainsmen were able to take it to the top and bring home first place as a team on Wednesday, April 18.

The Plainsmen were among six other teams playing in gusting winds last week.

“It was one of the strongest winds that I have had a team deal with for an entire round. It was relentless and even picked up in the afternoon,” said the team’s coach, Troy Kemling, who also added, 

“The most frustrating aspect for the players was trying to chip accurately from 50 yards and in. Players had to allow for a side wind but also had tremendous adjustments into or with the wind. Shots that normally would go 70 yards would be dashed down to 40 yards by a headwind or be stretched to 110 yards by a tailwind.”

A 353 team score for PC was 17 strokes less than the second place team of the day, Kimball with 370.

 McCook’s JV team, who finished with a 377 team score, took third.

Perkins County had four players earn a spot on the individual’s top 10. 

Seniors Tyson Patrick and Josh Johnston took third and fourth for the day, both with a total of 87. 

Jacob Woodmancy earned the number seven slot, with 45 strokes on the front and 44 on the back, giving him 89.

Carson Thelander shot a 90 for the day, with the best score for PC in the first half with just 39 strokes, followed by 51 on the back nine.

Also playing for the Plainsmen was Aaron Fay, who shot a 100. 

“Individually, Tyson was dealing with a sore back but was able to tough it out for a third place finish which was commendable. Carson’s 39 on the front put him in first place at the turn but he allowed the wind to affect his game and his score to inflate,” Kemling said.

“It was a team effort today that earned first place for the Plainsmen. All of us struggled at some point or another with adjusting for the wind. Shots that normally would be good did not fare well today because of the severity of the wind.

“I was pleased with four players ending up in the top 10. It was this consistency that earned the first place trophy for the team.”

Team scoring: 1. Perkins County, 353; 2. Kimball, 370; 3. McCook JV, 377, 4. Hershey, 388; 5. Sutherland, 414; 6. Chase County, 426; 7. Ogallala JV, 455. 

Individual scoring: 1. Mason Michaelis, McCook, 84; 2. Dillon Wise, Kimball, 86; 3. Tyson Patrick, Perkins County, 87 (46-41); 4. Josh Johnston, Perkins County, 87 (41-46); 5. Zane Anthony, Kimball, 88; 6. Logan Barenberg, McCook, 88; 7. Jacob Woodmancy, Perkins County, 89 (45-44); 8. Carson Thelander, Perkins County, 90 (39-51); 9. Tayton Schuster, Hershey, 92; 10. River Hudson, Sutherland, 92. 

Next action

The Garden County Invite scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, was moved to today, Wednesday, April 25, and results can be found in next week’s issue of the Tribune. 

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