Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
The Nebraska High School Boys State Golf tournaments are underway, Class A at the Pioneers course in Lincoln, Class B at Jackrabbit Run in Grand Island, Class C at the Highlands course in Lincoln, and Class D at Meadowlark Hills in Kearney.
The Panhandle is represented by two teams…Scottsbluff in Class B and Hemingford in Class D…as well as individual golfers…2 in Class B, 2 in Class C, and 6 in Class D.
Scottsbluff is one of the favorites in Class B. The Bearcats and coach Mike Klein have already won 6 tournaments this year and shot a 299 in winning the B-4 District Tournament with 4 golfers in the Top 10.
Leading Scottsbluff is district champion and senior Andrew Holloway, the state champion as a freshman. The rest of the squad consists of senior Michael Hadden, junior Curtis Welsh, sophomore Koy Potthoff, and freshman Jonah Wright.
The two individuals reaching state with Top 10 finishes at district are senior Taylor Barton of Sidney, who was 6th, and junior Nicholas Maser of Alliance.
Hemingford claimed the D-5 district title in tough conditions that saw no team crack 400 and only 3 golfers break 90. The Bobcats had only 1 man in the Top 10…sophomore Jacob Horstman finished 8th…but had 4 of their 5 with in 8 strokes of each other.
Taking the course for coach Joe Collins at state in addition to Horstman are seniors Brady Horstman and Vance Orr, junior Tyler Huddle, and sophomore Colt Foster.
District runner-up Lane Godfrey…a junior from Creek Valley…is joined by 4 other individual qualifiers from the Panhandle: senior Kyle Gorsuch of Potter-Dix, sophomore Colton Micheel of Crawford, senior Brandon Lightfritz of Oshkosh-Garden County, and Hay Springs senior Regg Strotheide.
The only 2 Panhandle boys in the Class C state field are junior Henry Heeg of Kimball, the district runner-up, and Bayard junior Trae Blanco.