Last Friday, Boone Central junior Abby Brodersen said her goal at the Class C State Golf Championship was to place in the top three.
That goal became a reality on Tuesday at Lake Maloney Golf Club in North Platter when Brodersen carded a 160 to finish runner-up.
Scotus senior Makenzie Enderlin, also in North Platte, said she was just hoping for a medal. She also accomplished that feat, scoring 180 in two rounds and tying for 14th.
Brodersen was tied for the top spot with Payton Wise, a sophomore from Kimball, after the first day with a round of 78. Cozad sophomore Lynzi Becker, who went on to finish as the Class C champ, totaled 156 with an 80 then a 76.
Brodersen had a 4-stroke lead on Becker with five holes remaining but shot plus-8 on those five holes while Becker played even par and earned the gold medal.
Wise finished in third with a 163.
Enderlin was part of a Scotus Central Catholic girls team that was back at state as a group for the eighth season in a row. The Shamrocks finished 10th out of 15 after sitting in that position after Monday, shaving off 25 strokes but failing to gain any ground on the field.
Following Enderlin in 14th was senior Jaycee Ternus shooting a 203 tying for 41st, Alaina Dierman carding a 208 tying for 50th, Jaelyn Podolak scoring a 222 tying for 71st and Avery Dierman finishing with a 239 finishing 88th.
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"We didn't achieve what we wanted, naturally, we took ourselves out of that yesterday. But we had a little meeting when we finished up yesterday and decided that our goal was that everyone was going to improve," coach Tanya Niedbalski said. "The girls were pretty serious about it today.
"Makenzie tied her mark from yesterday, and was able to tie for 14th, and the rest of the girls made big steps, and we played in big wind today, so I was really proud of how they handled it."
Lincoln Lutheran won the team championship after shooting a 765, beating out second-place Lincoln Christian which shot a 771.
Enderlin played at state for the first time, Ternus for the second time, the Diermans for the second time and Podolak for the first. Like most seasons, that leaves Scotus with some shoes to fill but also some proven talent still in the cupboard.
"They're going to have do some summer play, and learn to play with confidence," Niedbalski said about her returners. "That's what hurt us yesterday. We lacked confidence. We weren't positive, we had some rough starts and we let it carry through.
"We kind of looked at the scoreboard and decided we took ourselves out of it. Today, we decided we're playing for us."
No local athletes qualified for the Class B state championships that were held at Elks Golf Course in Columbus. Aurora senior Danica Badura shot a 145 to win the championship and Scottsbluff took home the team trophy finishing with a 677. Gering came in second with a 691.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org