Western teams doing well at state golf tournaments

Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski led Gering on day one

Three of the top four teams in the Class B Girls State Golf Tournament and two of the top four in the Class C field are from western Nebraska after day one of the two day tournaments.

Elkhorn South has a 20-stroke lead in Class B action at Mahoney Park in Lincoln. They shot a 328. After that the B-4 District holds down the next three spots. District champ McCook is second with a 348, Gering is third at 361 and Scottsbluff is tied for fourth with a 367. Elkhorn is tied for fourth with the Bearcats.

Kaylee Samway of McCook is the individual leader. She had a first round five over par 77 that is two strokes better than two Elkhorn South golfers, Ann Pearson and Nicole Barmettler. Elkhorn South has four golfers in the top ten, and a fifth is tied for 12th.

Gering was led by district champ Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski. The senior is fourth with an 82. Teammate Kendall Bayne is tied for 13th with an 87, and Samatha Rahmig of the Bulldogs is tied for 17th with an 89.

Scottsbluff was led in the first round by Megan Pilkington's 89. Kim Moore tied for 20th with a 90. Danielle Brennan of Alliance, competing individually, is tied for 13th with an 87.

In the Class C tournament at Quail Run in Columbus Ogallala is the team leader with a 365. That is four strokes better than Grand Island Central Catholic. Norfolk Catholic is third with a 386, while Chadron is fourth with a 394. Bridgeport sits 14th in the 15 team field with a 456.

Central Catholic has the top two golfers individually. McKenna Kime leads with an 82. Erin Boon is tied for second with an 86. Boon is tied with Maaika Mestl of Ogallala. The Indians' Tessa Kapp is sixth with an 89. Ogallala also has Jane Dealey tied for 11th with a 93 and Kaleigh Berg is 18th with a 97.

Four-time C-4 District champ Kelli Haynes of Chadron is fourth with an 87. Tara Harding led Bridgeport with a 108, one stroke better than teammate Jada Huck with a 109. JaLee Pilkington of Bayard is tied for 11th with a 93.

The Class A leader at the Norfolk Country Club is host Norfolk with a 345, seven strokes better than second place Lincoln Pius X.

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