GRAND ISLAND -- Gibbon’s Rylee Reinertson is still chasing a school record held by a couple of guys he knows pretty well.
Reinertson shot a 68 to win medalist honors at the Lou-Platte Conference meet Thursday at Indianhead Golf Course. That score helped the Buffaloes to the team title with a 302, six strokes ahead of second-place Kearney Catholic at 308.
That 68 Reinertson shot is two strokes behind the school record of 66 that’s shared by his older brothers Josh and Jordan.
Gibbon coach Paul Reinertson said he was giving his youngest son Rylee a hard time about not catching his brothers. Rylee said it doesn’t matter.
“I just go out and play the best I can,” Rylee said. “I don’t really think about that.”
Rylee shot a 33 on the front nine was on pace to match that school record or maybe even eclipse it until a double bogey on the 13th hole.
“It got stuck under a fence and I had to take an unplayable,” Rylee said. “It’s just one of those things that happen in a round. Outside of that I hit the ball really well today. One bad shot cost me, but overall I’m happy with it.”
Paul Reinertson said Rylee played some good golf for the Buffaloes on Thursday.
“He got out of the gate fast and got it to 4- or 5-under and then had one bad hole, but he played some really good golf,” Paul said. “It’s kind of nice having him in the hole back there. If we need a birdie in the last couple holes, he normally delivers.”
It was the second straight Lou-Platte Conference team title for the Buffaloes, but Kearney Catholic made them shoot well to win it.
The Stars’ Keegan Fitzgerald was runner-up with a 72 while teammate Tyler Dowling was right behind at 73.
“They have a good team,” Paul Reinertson said of Kearney Catholic. “I heard reports out on the course that this guy was playing well and that guy was playing well. I heard they had a 72 on a board and a 73, so we had our hands full. We couldn’t let up any.”
The Buffaloes had three other golfers in the top 15. Bennett Steele was fifth (76), Ryan Milks seventh (77) and Brett Bendfeldt 12th (81.).
“Ryan Milks has been real steady all year,” Paul Reinterson said. “He kind of struggled out of the gate today but he came back and shot even par on the backside and shot a good score. We kind of count on Ryan to play some good golf for us. He was a little disappointed with how he started, but he’s a good competitor and came back strong on the second nine.
“I’m real happy with home Bennett played today. He was steady all day long. He had a bogey late but finished with a 76 so we’re real happy with him.”
This win could give the Buffaloes some momentum heading into the Class C, District 4 meet May 14 at Lochland Country Club in Hastings.
“I think it helped our confidence,” Rylee Reinertson said. “We’ve been playing well all year. We’re finally starting to see some progress so we’re happy with that.
“I’m excited for districts. It’s at Lochland this year and I’m a member there so that could play to our advantage. Hopefully we’ll play well there.”
At Indianhead Golf Course
Gibbon 302, Kearney Catholic 308, Adams Central 311, St. Paul 349, Doniphan-Trumbull 351, Centura 358, Ord 360, Ravenna 363, Loup City 368, Wood River 435.
Top 15 Individuals
1, Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, 68; 2, Keegan Fitzgerald, Kearney Catholic, 72; 3, Tyler Dowling, Kearney Catholic; 4, Kevin Holen, Adams Central, 72; 5, Benett Steele, Gibbon, 76; 6, Brady Barrett, Adams Central, 77; 7, Ryan Milks, Gibbon, 77; 8, Brad Van Winkle, Centura, 77; 9, Riley Northup, St. Paul, 77; 10, Ashton Graham, Adams Central, 79; 11, Sam Sommers, Kearney Catholic, 80; 12, Brett Bendfeldt, Gibbon, 81; 13, Zach Bramble, Adams Central, 81; 14, Collin Petri, Kearney Catholic, 83; 15, Storme Rathe-Hofmann, Ravenna; 84.