COLUMBUS — Considering the conditions, Columbus High head girls golf coach Anne Robertson couldn’t have asked for much more from her team Monday at Quail Run Golf Course.
The Discoverers are fourth in the team standings after shooting 378 in the first round of the Class B state tournament and have three girls in medal contention.
“I think they did well,” Robertson said. “First time they really played in those types of conditions. That takes some getting used to.”
With the wind chill in the 40s and a north wind gusting to 30 mph, the CHS golfers made the most of the day.
Aspen Luebbe is in sixth after shooting an 84. The junior hit 13 fairways, but struggled to reach greens in regulation, according to Robertson. That left her scrambling to make pars and bogeys. Luebbe had 11 bogeys in the round, including seven on the front nine. She settled down a bit to start the back nine, playing holes 10-14 at even par.
Robertson knows Luebbe is capable of playing that way for long stretches. If she does so in Tuesday's second round, it'll put her in a good spot.
Emilee Rotherham’s day got off to a bit of a rocky start with a 50 through her first nine holes. But like Luebbe, Rotherham, who started on No. 10, settled down and played better in the second half of her round.
“She just put something in her mind about rhythm that coach Rick Benson had talked to her about and it clicked in the back nine,” Robertson said.
Rotherham finished with a 92, which has her in a tie for 12th.
That was a bit of a theme for Columbus in Round 1. Three of the Discoverers' golfers improved over their final nine holes.
With only Luebbe having previous state tournament experience, Robertson attributes that to just settling in and getting used to the nasty weather.
Emily Goc carded a 96, but a couple of holes cost her. A pair of 8s on Nos. 12 and 13 took her from just inside the medals to just outside. Robertson said the senior’s target is always bogey or better, and outside of those two holes, she was right on that pace.
“She’s capable of going 90 or lower,” Robertson said.
That kind of round on Tuesday will keep Goc, who is tied for 24th after the first day, in the mix for a medal.
Scottsbluff’s Shelby Poynter leads the tournament after firing a 74. She is one stroke ahead of Aurora’s Danica Badura.
Omaha Duchesne leads the team standings with a 350.
Columbus High's Amber Sanne improved six strokes from her first nine holes to the second nine. Sanne finished with a 106 to round out the CHS team score. Ashley Warner had a 120 as the team’s alternate.
“I’m proud of all of them,” Robertson said. “It was tough conditions out there.”
The conditions won’t be much better in Tuesday's second round, which starts at 9:30 a.m. back at Quail Run.
The forecast calls for diminishing winds, but temperature will be in the 40s most of the day with a chance of rain in the morning.
NORTH PLATTE — The weather was awful, but Scotus Central Catholic didn’t let that affect its play on the golf course.
The Shamrocks fired a 412 Monday at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte and are tied for sixth after the first day of the Class C state tournament.
“I thought they played well in the conditions,” Scotus head coach Tanya Niedbalski. “They were cold, but they didn’t give up and they didn’t quit.”
Despite a wind chill in the 20s, off-and-on rain and a north wind gusting to 40 mph, Makenzie Enderlin fired a 97 to lead Scotus in 26th place individually.
“Nothing seemed to bother her today,” Niedbalski said. “Her game was on. She played great. She didn’t let anything get to her.”
After struggling at the district tourney, Maddie Neville bounced back with a 100 on Monday. The senior wanted to break the century mark, but missed a putt on her last hole that would have done it.
Still, Niedbalski was happy to see her back to normal.
“It was good to see her rebound at state,” the Scotus coach said.
Kendra Wiese added a round of 103 for the Shamrocks.
“Kendra played solid all day long,” Niedbalski said.
Kaitlyn Enderlin and Emily Carstens each shot 112 as the fourth and alternate scores.
“Kaitlyn had another off day. She just couldn’t get anything to drop,” Niedbalski said. “The last couple weeks have been so uncharacteristic of her.”
Niedbalski knows both golfers are capable of shooting under 100.
The Shamrocks’ goal at the beginning of the season was to place in the top five at state.
A repeat performance from the other three and some improvement from Kaitlyn Enderlin and Carstens and their goal is very much within reach.
Niedbalski identified the team’s play around the greens as the biggest spot to shave some strokes from their scores.
“We did a lot of two-putting, but if we can get those chips and pitches a little closer to the hole, we can put ourselves in position for more one-putts,” she said.
Ogallala leads the team race after Day 1 with a 363 while Chadron’s Ricki Hickstein has an eight-stroke lead in the individual standings after shooting an even-par 72.
Boone Central/Newman Grove's Abby Brodersen shot a 97 and is tied for 26th with Scotus' Makenzie Enderlin.
Shelby-Rising City is 14th in the team standings after shooting 465.
Monica Hinkle fired a 112 and Rylee Branting carded a 113 for the Huskies. Sydney Ziemba shot 119 and Kalli Kilgore finished with a 121 to round out the team score. Brenna Houdersheldt shot a 127 as the alternate score.
The second round of the Class C state tournament gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lake Maloney Golf Course.