The race for the team title at the Grand Island Central Catholic Invitational Tuesday at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course was just about as close as it could get.
In the end, Aurora shot 310 to claim the title. Gibbon was just one stroke back at 311.
“We're pretty pleased with that,” Aurora coach Dick Binfield said. “We have a nice bunch of kids who can shoot pretty decent. To shoot a 310 today, because the wind came up on the back side, we're pretty happy. The kids are happy.”
Gibbon coach Paul Reinertson was pleased with how his team performed with a tough starting time.
“It felt like the Kentucky Derby,” Reinertson said. “We kind of got that No. 1 pole position that you don't want to have. We almost survived staying in that spot there. I'm happy with how we played. We started out a little slow on the front nine, but our second nine our guys played some great golf so I'm happy to see that.”
Gibbon's Rylee Reinertson shot a two-under-par 70 to win the individual title by five strokes.
Three golfers shot 75 including Central Catholic's Kyle Simonds, who won the tiebreakers to take second.
“Kyle shot well. The team shot really well. We shot our best for 72 holes,” Central Catholic coach Craig Rupp said. “Everybody improved from where we have been. It was a great day to play golf.
“It was a great score by Aurora, and a great score by Rylee.”
Ben Grossnicklaus led Aurora with a 75 to finish third in the individual race. Teammate Mitch Oswald shot 77 for eighth with Connor Strong ninth at 78, Nate Bell 12th at 80 and Luke Grossnicklaus 14th at 81.
Binfield, who will retire after this season following his 42nd year as golf coach, said the Huskies are playing well at the right time of the season.
“We have a tough schedule coming up finishing up the season,” Binfield said. “We have the conference and the district with the Grand Island Invite sandwiched in between there. It's time to crank it up.”
All the teams are looking towards the end of the season. Gibbon has the Lou-Platte Conference Thursday at Indianhead Golf Course.
“It's a little bit different style of course, a little bit different style of greens,” Paul Reinertson said. “We're looking forward to that. I think we were fortunate last year to win that. I'd like to go for two in a row. But then again you just try to play well because you can't play defense on anybody else.”
Central Catholic will play in the Centennial Conference meet Saturday at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.
“We got conference coming up, we have districts,” Rupp said. “My kids just have to realize that golf isn't just two hours after school. They have to practice. They have to put some hard work into it and they've been doing that. We'll see how that is reflected going into conference and districts.”
Northwest shot 348 to finish sixth as a team. The Vikings didn't have any golfers in the top 15.
At Jackrabbit Run Golf Course
Aurora 310, Gibbon 311, Hastings SC 325, Kearney Catholic 329, Adams Central 345, Northwest 348, Northwest JV 359, St. Paul 369, Centura 396, Ravenna 397, Wood River 437.
1, Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, 70; 2, Kyle Simonds, GICC, 75; 3, Ben Grossnicklaus, Aurora, 75; 4, Mike Hannon, Hastings SC, 75; 5, Ryan Milks, Gibbon, 76; 6, Tyler Dowling, Kearney Catholic, 77; 7, Riley Northup, St. Paul, 77; 8, Mitch Oswald, Aurora, 77; 9, Connor Strong, Aurora, 78; 10, Bennett Steele, Gibbon, 79; 11, Collin Petri, Kearney Catholic, 79; 12, ate Bell, Aurora, 80; 13, Matt Hansen, St. Paul, 81; 14, Luke Grossnicklaus, Aurora, 81; 15, Thomas Skoch, Hastings St. Cecilia, 82.
Note: Complete scoring not available.