SUTHERLAND — The Oregon Trail Golf Course in Sutherland was the host of the D-5 District Golf Meet on Monday, as high school golfers from around the area strived for a trip to the Nebraska State Golf Meet.
Ross Johnson of Stapleton/McPherson County was the medalist, as he won a playoff over South Loup’s Lane Gascoigne. Both golfers ended regulation play with an 83.
Johnson shot a 37 on the front nine, before finishing with a 46 on the back for the winning total. It only took one playoff hole for his win over Gascoigne.
Johnson began the playoff with a monster drive down the middle of hole No. 1, and placed his second shot just five to 10 feet from the green. Johnson then chipped on and two putted for his par, while Gascoigne hit his second shot into the rough and ended up missing a six-footer for his par and a tie.
“He started off hot,” said SMC head coach Adam Boettcher of Johnson. “I think that was the biggest key to his game — the way he started.”
After beginning the back nine with a bogie, double bogie, bogie, double bogie, Boettcher said he had a visit with Johnson.
“I just told him he needed to calm down and that he was still up,” Boettcher said. “He went on to birdie [on 14] with a nice approach shot and a four-foot tap in.
“Ross has been playing against those three all year. He hadn’t beaten them all until today.”
The South Loup Bobcats took home the team championship after shooting a 377, four strokes better than runner-up Dundy County-Stratton with a 381. Mullen qualified for state in the third position with a 391.
South Loup coach Jarod Rush felt his team struggled in the win.
“We didn’t play very well,” said Rush. “Our team struggled with putting — one of the boys said he putted 42 times. But I guess it was well enough to win, and that’s what counts.”
Gascoigne regrouped with a back nine score of 39, after heading out with a 44 on the front.
“Lane wasn’t very happy with his first round,” Rush said. “Although he had a pretty good back nine.
“Clint [Schneringer] didn’t putt worth a darn, but finished 10th,” said Rush.
“We’ll need a lot better score next week [at state].”
Kyle Rotherham of Dundy County/Stratton finished in third, followed by Mullen’s Allan Elliott. Rotherham shot a 42-43 for his 85, and Elliott had a 44-43 for an 87 score.
No. 5 Chris Rotherham of Dundy County/Stratton and No. 6 Colton Micheel of Crawford both shot an 88. Sutherlands Riley McConnell had a 46 on the front and a 44 on the back for a 90 to finish seventh. Regg Strogheide of Hay Springs finished eighth with a 45-45 – 90.
No. 9 Levi Baughman of Hitchcock County and No. 10 Schneringer of South Loup both shot a 92 for the final individual qualifying spots. Baughman had a 48 on the front and 44 on the back, while Schneringer had a pair of 46’s.
Following are the team results:
1 South Loup, 377; 2 Dundy County/Stratton, 381; 3 Mullen, 391; 4 Sandhills/Thedford, 401; 5 Hayes Springs, 403; 6 Hitchcock County, 412; 7 Crawford, 415; 8 Garden County, 428; 9 Creek Valley, 430; 10 Hyannis, 438; 11 South Platte, 456; 12 SMC, 467; 13 Sutherland, 496
Following are the individual state qualifiers:
1 Ross Johnson, SMC, 83; 2 Lane Gascoigne, SL, 83; 3 Kyle Rotherham, DCS, 85; 4 Allan Elliott, MUL, 87; 5 Chris Rotherham, DCS, 88; 6 Colton Micheel, CRW, 7 Riley McConnell, SUT, 90; 8 Regg Strogheide, HS, 90; 9 Levi Baughman, HCC, 92; 10 Clint Schneringer, SL, 92
Following are individual results by school:
South Loup: Lane Gascoigne, 83; Clint Schneringer, 92; Trevor Halstead, 95; Justin Ross, 107; Ian Beshaler, 115
Dundy County/Stratton: Kyle Rotherham, 85; Chris Rotherham, 88; Gabriel Castillo, 102; Caleb Balderson, 106; Anthony Breazier, 112
Mullen: Allen Elliott, 87; Dalton Zimmerman, 96; Trenton Porath, 99; Garrett Cox, 109; Kory Phillips, 112
Sandhills/Thedford: Colton Schroeder, 93; Gavin Higgins, 93; Wyatt Naughtin, 105; Tjade Rodocker, 110; Cord Hesseltine, 111
Hitchcock County: Levi Baughman, 92; Justin Kefalas, 100; Alex Whipps, 103; Jesse Kerchal, 117; Jaden Clark, 124
Creek Valley: Sam Behrends, 99; Lane Godfrey, 105; Cory Phillips, 110; Logan Criswell, 116
Hyannis: Gunner Johnson, 93; John Monahan, 97; Tanner Hothus, 101; Sierra Bixby, 147; Colton Hoover, 150
South Platte: Austin Mullen, 100; Kris Schnabel, 106; Zack Schnabel, 122; Laine Waterman, 128
SMC: Ross Johnson, 83; Brett Benell, 107; John Opela, 131; Summer Brown, 146; Danielle Boggs, 151
Sutherland: Riley McConnell, 90; Tim Pfeiff, 97; Ali Meyer, 154; Alison VanSkiver, 155.