Scotus Central Catholic girls golf played in its third tournament in five days on Monday, picking up a fourth-place finish in Blair with a team total of 405.
Scotus was also in action at Aurora on Saturday and for the Lakeview Invite on Thursday at Quail Run. Shamrock freshman Cecilia Arndt was fourth during a round of 86 but coach Tanya Niedbalski said 54 holes in five days may have started to wear on the team.
Junior Alaina Dierman also finished in medalist position - tying for 10th with a 99.
"We let some of the hazards come into play and took too many penalty strokes," Niedbalski said.
Scotus was 38 shots behind tournament champion Elkhorn North. The Wolves were the class of the 12-team field with a total of 367. Nebraska City was second at 396 and Lincoln Christian took fourth at 404.
Elkhorn North also swept the top two spots in the standings. Emily Karmazin carded a 74 while Julia Karmazin was two shots back.
Only Elkhorn North, Nebraska City and Scotus had multiple players inside the top 10.
Despite, perhaps, some fatigue on the team, Scotus was nine shots better than on Saturday when SCC shot 414 and was third among six teams at Aurora.
Arndt again topped the Shamrocks and topped all players with an 82. Three team members earned medals including Ella Nahorny in 12th with a 103 and Dierman in 15th at 109. Abee Hutchinson shot a 120 and Lauren Houfek carded 130.
Aurora won its home tournament by putting together a 387 - 17 shots better than Grand Island Northwest in second place.
Scotus was 27 shots back but was without senior Jaelyn Podolak, who was taking the ACT, and only one of five members of the varsity lineup had ever played the course before.
"Cecilia played a solid round of 41-41, winning the gold medal easily over the second place medalist Riley Darbo from Aurora who shot a 94," Niedbalski said. "Poco Creek at Aurora is only a 9-hole course but presents some challenging water hazards. We had too many penalty strokes today."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.
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