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The Plainsmen boys’ golf team placed third at the Hershey invite last week. Team members who competed at Hershey included (l-r): Kaden Smith, Aaron Fay, Deitrik Brueggeman, Carson Thelander and Jacob Woodmancy. 

Plainsmen take third at Hershey

Woodmancy takes first individually following sudden death match

The Plainsmen took on the Hershey Invite two days early last week due to the approaching spring storm. 

The earlier date had no effect on the PC team as they walked away with a third-place win as a team, and had three of five players place in the top 10 individually. 

Coach Troy Kemling said it was an excellent day for the team, and noted that four golfers tied or bettered their individual low scores. 

Jacob Woodmancy, a junior, took first place individually following a sudden death playoff. Woodmancy shot a 77, with 38 up front and 39 on the back. “Jacob continued his solid play around the course and putted better today. He made a confident stroke in making a five-footer to win the playoff,” Kemling said. 

Junior Carson Thelander took fourth place as an individual with 40 swings on the front nine, and 40 on the back for a day score of 80.

Senior Aaron Fay took fifth on the individual score top 10, after 81 strokes. 

Kemling said, “Carson and Aaron were stride-for-stride most of the day, each striking the ball consistently.  Carson triple-bogeyed his second to the last hole, but then responded with a birdie. That shows how mentally tough he is by being able to bounce back the way he did,” and added, “Without considering his first hole, Aaron was the most consistent golfer that day on the team, never making worse than bogie but still finding a birdie during his round. I have been impressed with his positive outlook during the round.”

Also contributing to the Plainsmen were juniors Kaden Smith, who shot a 103 for the day, and Deitrik Brueggeman who finished with a 115. 

“Kaden and Deitrik both showed improvement from their first outing.  I thought Deitrik’s course management was noticeably improved as he is learning how to play the game competitively,” Kemling said.

The Plainsmen’s effort in Hershey earned them third place, falling just seven strokes shy of the first place winners, North Platte St. Pat’s, 334, and four strokes behind second place, Valentine who had 337.

Team scoring: 1. NPSP, 334; 2. Valentine, 337; 3. Perkins County, 341; 4. North Platte JV A, 350; 5. Sutherland, 376; 6. Hershey, 383; 7. North Platte JV B, 400; 8. South Loup, 409; 9. Sandhills/Thedford, NTS. 

Individual PC scoring: 1. Jacob Woodmancy, Perkins County, 77; 2. Teegan Sonneman, NPSP, 77; 3. Colby Smith, South Loup, 78; 4. Carson Thelander, Perkins County, 80; 5. Aaron Fay, Perkins County, 81; 6. Dillon Muirhead, Valentine, 82; 7. Connor Hasenauer, NPSP, 83; 8. Ryan O’Kief, Valentine, 83; 9. Andrew Lindemeier, NPSP, 83; 10. Max Macintosh, NPSP, 84.

Next action

Pheasant Run saw the Perkins County Invite on Tuesday, April 16. Results will be in next week’s issue of the Tribune. 

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