Cats lead after round one

District champ Bearcats are hoping to do the same at state

Battling winds up to 40 miles per hour Tuesday the Scottsbluff boys golf team survived round one of the Class B State Golf Tournament at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course in Grand Island quite nicely.

The Bearcats lead after round one of the two day event, firing a 320 compared to a 326 for second place Blair and a 328 for third place Beatrice.

Third place is where Scottsbluff stood after the opening nine holes, but a better back nine catapulted them into first place. Senior Michael Hadden led the way. He shot a three over par 75 to top the leaderboard.

District champ Andrew Holloway is in a four way tie for fourth place after a 78.

The Bearcats had a terrific day considering the conditions. All of the team members broke 90 and only a third of the field could say that.

Curtis Welsh had an 83, Koy Potthoff an 84 and Jonah Wright an 86.

District runner-up McCook sits in 5th place with a 337, three strokes behind Omaha Skutt Catholic.

Taylor Barton of Sidney, competing as an individual, is in that four way tie with Holloway for fourth with a 78. Nick Maser of Alliance is tied for 18th with an 82.

It's a tight race in Class C with Gibbon having a one stroke lead, 328-329, over second place Laurel-Concord. Mitchell Klooz of Laurel-Concord, who won the Nebraska Amateur last summer at the Scotts Bluff Country Club shot a 76 Tuesday and is four strokes off the lead.

Two area golfers are competing in the Class C Tournament at the Highlands Course in Lincoln. Trae Blanco of Bayard is tied for 13th following an 80. Henry Heeg of Kimball is tied for 27th with an 84.

Thayer Central leads the Class D field at Meadowlark Hills in Kearney. Hemingford is 13th out of 15 teams. Jacob Horstman turned in the best score for the Bobcats.

Regg Strotheide of Hay Springs and Colton Micheel of Crawford turned in to 25 performances on Tuesday. Lane Godfrey of Creek Valley and Kyle Gorsuch of Potter-Dix are also competing.

The Class A Tournament is at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln. Omaha Creighton Prep is leading Lincoln Pius X by six strokes after the first round.

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