• Photo Showcase: Class A boys golf, May 23
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LINCOLN — Carson Schaake's playoff win for the individual title was the only suspense Wednesday for Class A boys golf champion Omaha Creighton Prep.
The Junior Jays rolled to a Class A record for largest margin of victory by finishing 30 strokes ahead of Lincoln Southwest after two days on wind-swept Highlands Golf Course.
Schaake led them with a 2-under-par 142 total for 36 holes, matching Mitch Ryan of Millard North. In the playoff, Ryan bogeyed the par-5 17th hole and Schaake two-putted from 15 feet for a winning par.
“Individually, winning means the world,'' said Schaake, one of four juniors in the Prep lineup. “Teamwise, it means more because we got one for our senior (Nick Kravchuk), and for him to finally have this feeling is great.”
It was Prep's first golf title since 2006 and the eighth for the school. The Junior Jays also won state titles this spring in baseball and soccer.
All five Junior Jays finished in the top 10, believed to be a first for Class A since the state tournament went to 36 holes in 1996.
“These guys played with a little target on their backs all year long,'' Prep coach Morgan Helton said, “but they welcomed it.”
Alex Pieper, who finished with a 71, tied for third at 1-over 145 with Lincoln Southeast sophomore Clayton Peterson. Andrew Hansen was sixth at 148 after a 72. Stephen Pfeffer (77) and Kravchuk (74) tied for ninth at 152.
“They really have an awesome team,'' said Southwest coach Jim Danson, whose team shot 303 on Wednesday and still lost 13 more strokes to the leaders.
“A 290 today for them was phenomenal.”
Winds gusted higher than 40 mph, coming from the southwest off the open spaces of Lincoln's airport. Pieper and Ryan had Wednesday's only scores under par.
Ryan birdied the 18th hole to get to 2 under for the tournament. Schaake bogeyed the 16th to fall into a tie, and his birdie putt from 30 feet on the 17th came closer to going in than his 20-footer on the 18th.
Nothing went right in the playoff for Ryan, a University of Nebraska at Omaha recruit.
“That was four bad shots in a row,” he said, “and you can't expect to win a playoff doing that.”
Schaake said the two days wore on him.
“It was more mentally fatiguing than physically,'' he said. “The second time playing (17), there were nerves.
“I knew in the playoff I was going to have two putts for the win, which is a nice feeling. But I was trying to make the (first putt) anyway.”
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