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.