Two area golfers shot top-10 rounds at this week's district tournament and earned their way to the state meet.
Humphrey St. Francis golfers Jack Lubischer and Gabriel Pfeifer will make the trip west next week and compete as part of the Class D state tournament field at Lake Mahoney Golf Club in North Platte.
Lubischer, a sophomore, was fourth overall with a round of 86, just five back of the district champion on Monday at Club 91 in Leigh. Pfeifer, a senior, carded 89 and was four shots clear of 10th place, the final individual state qualifying spot.
Lubischer and Pfeifer were also together last year at state. Lubischer tied for 40th while Pfeifer was 54th.
Jordan McBride of Burwell won the district title. Burwell also took the top team spot with a total of 370 followed by Fremont Bergan with 372 and Fullerton at 381.
Humphrey St. Francis, with only three golfers, does not meet the minimum requirement to compete as a team.
"Overall I don't think any of our three golfers would say they played their best golf, but having two qualifying for the state golf meet is pretty exciting," coach Eric Kessler said.
"Gabe and Jack have medaled at every meet this year, so it was great that they were able to continue that trend especially when maybe they didn't have their "A" game.
"They both qualified last year as well. So I know they are excited to be going back out there again, and I think both of them will have a chance at a medal if they play like they are capable of. It should be a fun couple of days."
Lubischer and Pfeifer making state increased the area total to five individuals and one team that will be competing next week. Shane Hess of Columbus High, Bryce VunCannon of Scotus and Brandon Anderson of Boone Central/Newman Grove each qualified individually.
The David City boys qualified as a team.
Anderson earned his way by shooting a 10th-place score of 88 at Indian Trails in Beemer. BCNG was ninth out of 15 teams with a total of 436. The final qualifying team spot went to Yutan with a 380. Twin River was also Indian Trails, shooting 393 as a group and finishing one sport short of state in fourth.
Cross County, High Plains, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Osceola and Twin River fail to qualify any golfers or advance as a team.
High Plains shot 494 for ninth place, Osceola was one stroke back in 10th and H/LHF was 11th at 522. Those three teams plus St. Francis were all together at Club 91. So too was Cross County which also does not have enough players for a full roster and did not qualify any individual players.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.