COLUMBUS — Anne Robertson’s confidence in her team paid off Monday during the B-2 district tournament at Elks Country Club.
The Discoverers, led by three top-10 individual performances, finished as district runner-up with a team score of 368, qualifying for the state tournament as a team for the first time since 2013. Columbus shot 14 strokes better than Friday's showing at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament, also held at its home course.
“I thought their scores would be lower today and they were,” Robertson, the Columbus head coach, said. “Today’s the hardest day in golf. You know they can do it and they did.”
Aspen Luebbe broke the school’s Elks Country Club record of 82 set in 2008 by firing a round of 80 to finish fourth. Emily Goc was seventh with a 91 and Emilee Rotherham shot a 97 to take ninth.
Two-time defending state champion Omaha Duchesne ran away with the district title, shooting a team score of 317. The Cardinals had five of the top-six scores at the tournament with Anna Borer, Kristin Goertz and Lauren Goertz tying for the best score with 77s.
“I’ve never seen a team shoot 317 before at Elks,” Robertson said. “I can see now why they’re the defending champions.”
After Columbus, there was a gap of nearly 100 strokes to the third-place team, Bennington, which shot 450.
Robertson was confident in her team’s chance to make the state tournament, and she liked the way the golfers approached the course on Monday.
“I knew we had to just go and compete against the course,” she said. “To leave with three girls with individual medals is fantastic.”
Columbus nearly claimed a fourth medal as Ashley Warner finished 11th with a 100. Amber Sanne shot the alternate score for the Discoverers with a 111.
Luebbe is the only CHS player with state experience, finishing 10th in Class A last year, and Robertson is hoping her team will enjoy the experience.
“It was a good day for us. Now the pressure is off and they can go have some fun,” she said.
Lakeview finished fifth in the team race with a 481. Gracie Borer and Morgan Bignell each shot 102 and finished in a tie for 13th, five strokes out of an individual qualifying spot. Olivia Engel shot 110 and Ella Meyer carded a 167.
Schuyler was seventh with a 557. Claire Martin shot a 121 to lead the Warriors. Jennifer Lopez had a 134 and Ivana Lopez carded a 141. Maria Vega rounded out the team score with a 161.
Columbus competes in the Class B state tournament on Oct. 9 and 10 at Quail Run Golf Course.
C-2 District Tournament
FREMONT — Scotus Central Catholic didn’t play its best Monday at Fremont Golf Club, but the Shamrocks still did enough to qualify for the state tournament for the sixth consecutive year.
The Shamrocks shot a 449 and finished as the C-2 district runner-up on a day when higher-than-normal scores were common.
“These are not the scores we were hoping for, but we were able to qualify nevertheless,” Scotus head coach Tanya Niedbalski said.
Kaitlyn Enderlin shot a 108 to lead Scotus and finish ninth, while Kendra Wiese and Makenzie Enderlin tied for 10th with Shelby-Rising City’s Rylee Branting. All three golfers shot 109.
Emily Carstens rounded out the Scotus team score with a 123 and Maddie Neville carded the alternate score of 126.
“It will take a better effort on the part of all five players next week to make a good showing at the state tournament,” Niedbalski said.
Shelby-Rising City also qualified for the state tournament, finishing third with a 456. Monica Hinkle finished fifth with a 102, giving the Huskies a pair of individual medalists. Sydney Ziemba shot a 119 and Brenna Houdersheldt carded a 126 as the other scorers. Kalli Kilgore shot 141 as the team’s alternate.
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Abby Brodersen shot a 94 to win the district title and qualify individually for the Class C state tournament, which will be held Oct. 9 and 10 at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte.