Humphrey St. Francis senior Gabriel Pfeifer and sophomore Jack Lubischer ended the 2019 season among the top 15 players at the state tournament on Wednesday at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte. That distinction earned the pair of Flyer teammates a memory and a medal.
Both golfers qualified for the state tournament in 2018 but left the course empty handed. A year later, Pfeifer tied for 12th and Lubischer tied for 15th.
Preifer shot an 86, while Lubischer carded 87.
"I was really proud of how both of them battled under tough conditions, as when we started the windchill was around 36 and it was pretty miserable," said head coach Eric Kessler in comments sent to the Telegram, "Both of them overcame some adversity albeit different types to earn medals."
Pfeifer was only four strokes away from finishing in the top five.
"Gabe did not have his "A" game but was able to grind out a solid round and earn a medal, which was his goal going in," Kessler said.
Lubischer used a strong start to power to a medal.
"Jack played tremendously on the front 9 by shooting a 39 and was sitting one stroke out of first place," Kessler said. "He had a little bad luck with a couple tough holes on the back nine, but I was really happy with how he continued to battle and was able to medal as well."
Kessler said he believes last year's state experience is what helped the two Flyers return to state and hang with the best in Class D.
"I think playing at state last year really helped both of them a great deal," he said. "Last year things kind of snowballed on both of them and kind of their scores got away from them.
"This year they really were able to dig deep when things didn't go their way, and they both were able to hold their rounds together to earn their medals."
This tournament marked the end of Pfeifer's high school career. He finished his time as a Flyer as a two-time state qualifier and a consistent player who earned a medal at ever meet this season.
He is signed on to play golf at Northeast Community College in Norfolk next year.
"Gabe had a great career," Kessler said. "We look forward to watching him next year (at Northeast)."
Lubischer also medaled at every event this eason.
"Jack had a great year for us," Kessler said. "Medaling as a sophomore at the state tournament is quite an accomplishment and I know he will have high goals the next two years both individually and for our team."
Jeremy McMillan-Peters won the boys Class D title with a 3-over 75. The junior from Paxton put together a round that included four bogeys and a birdie.
He was two shots better than Ryan Weiss of Franklin.
West Holt won the team championship with a total of 355 - one shot better than North Platte St. Patrick's.
West Holt has won the last three Class D boys golf team state championships.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net