COLUMBUS — Working hard and being patient has paid off for Cameron Bargell.
Bargell shot a 75 on Friday to win the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Golf Tournament. He finished one shot ahead of McCook’s Sean Backer and three shots clear of Scottsbluff’s Andrew Holloway.
“Cameron’s been working pretty hard,” said North Platte head golf coach Jim Orcutt. “We came up yesterday and played a practice round and learned a lot about the course.
“We figured out what we needed to do and where there were some good scoring chances.”
Orcutt said Bargell would hit 3-wood instead of driver on some holes.
“Keeping the bal on the fairway was a premium,” the coach said. “It was a tree-lined course, but even more than that, the rough was extremely thick. Cameron used the practice round to make mental notes to give him better looks coming in to the greens.”
Another aspect that helped Bargell is he started on the back nine of the course.
“The back nine is a good three or four shots tougher than the front nine,” Orcutt said. “Cameron shot 38 on the back nine, then went out and shot 37 on the front nine.
“He only had 27 putts in the round and three or four times he was able to get up and down for par on the front nine.”
In fourth place was Eric Marble of Hastings, Brett Beal of Columbus and Alex Strom of Norfolk, who all shot 80. Tied for seventh were Joe McClure of Columbus and Josh Hinrichs of Hastings at 81. Tied for ninth were Sam Johnson of Hastings and Devan Maas of Norfolk with 82s.
Columbus won the tournament, shooting 329 on the day. Norfolk was second at 332, followed by North Platte and Hastings tied at 335, Scottsbluff fifth with 337, Kearney with 341, McCook at 342 and Lexington with 371.
Other scorers for North Platte were Keaton Hope and Matt Dugan each shooting 85 and Matt Schartz with a 90. Grayson Flanders shot 94 on the day.
Other scorers for McCook were Mack Alspaugh with 83, Alan Goddenberger with 87 and James Mitnik with 96. Ben Skiles shot 106.
“Our 335 wasn’t out best this year, but it’s a good score on that course,” Orcutt said of the team’s finish. “The way we played should give our guys some confidence moving forward.”
North Platte will play next Friday at the Grand Island Invitational at Riverside Golf Course.