Elmwood-Murdock finishes as the Class C runner-up at state golf

Elmwood-Murdock finishes as the Class C runner-up at state golf
Franklin's Ryan Weiss, who started the second round in third place, shot a 75 Wednesday to finish at 7-over. (World-Herald News Service)

KEARNEY – Elmwood-Murdock junior Nicholas Langfeldt shot a 78 in the second round of the Class C boys state golf tournament, finishing with a two-day total of 157 (+15), and the Knights collected a runner-up finish at the Kearney Country Club.

Langfeldt finished in a tie for ninth in the individual standings. Junior Nolan Langfeldt, who lead Elmwood-Murdock in the first round, shot an 83 on the second day and finished 17-over par for a tie for 14th place.

Creighton senior Chase Largen shot rounds of 70 and 75 (+3) to win the individual title by one stroke over Hartington Cedar Catholic senior Matthew Schaefer. Creighton finished third in the team standings, while Hartington Cedar Catholic dropped to fifth.

Grand Island Central Catholic claimed the team title with a team total of 637, 10-strokes better than the Knights.

Class C: Creighton senior Chase Largen hangs on after back-and-forth final round

By: Dan Zielinski / World-Herald News Service

KEARNEY, Neb. — Creighton senior Chase Largen teed off on the par-4 18th hole at Kearney Country Club with a one-stroke lead over Hartington Cedar Catholic senior Matthew Schaefer in the Class C state championship Wednesday.

After Schaefer three-putted, Largen matched him at bogey to clinch the individual title.

“It feels great. All the hard work finally paid off,” said Largen, who will golf at Doane University this fall.

Largen, who will golf at Doane in the fall, was the first-round leader after he shot a 1-under 70. His one-shot lead quickly evaporated Wednesday as his tee shot on the second hole went into the water and he finished with a double bogey.

After the second hole, Largen and Bridgeport’s Eric Stevens were in first with Schaefer down by one.

“I figured we’d just weed each other out,” said Largen, who shot a 75 on Wednesday. “We had a lot of golf left and figured I shouldn’t change a thing.”

Schaefer birdied the par-4 fourth hole to tie Largen atop the leaderboard. Two holes later, Largen bogeyed the par-4 sixth hole to fall a stroke behind Schaefer.

They each parred the next seven holes before Largen tied it on the par-5 15th. Largen gained a one-shot lead after a par on the 17th hole to set up the finish.

“It was tight all the way,” Largen said. “After I hit that shot on 17, I knew I’d be all right.”

Grand Island Central Catholic won its third team title in four years, while Elwood-Murdock was second.

On the team side, GICC secured its third state crown in the last four years with a team mark of 637. Elmwood-Murdock finished second with a 647, and Creighton placed third with a 648.

“This is probably the hardest one I’ve had to work for,” GICC coach Craig Rupp said. “They really, really buckled down and did a lot of work on their own. Once this weather got healthy for everybody, they really showed up.”

GICC senior Gavin Fox posted a 2-over-par 73 on Wednesday to post the team’s top score in the two-day meet with a 151, which was the fifth-best mark in the tournament.

Jack Goering also placed in the top-15 for GICC. A year after missing his junior season with a fractured back, Goering shot 15-over-par for a total of 157 to end in a tie for ninth.

“For Jack to do what he did with a year off of golf and place at the state tournament (was impressive),” Rupp said. “He will be back next year, and I think he’ll be one of the top players in Class C.”

Kearney Catholic improved its team score by 11 strokes on the second day of the tournament to shoot a 353. Placing 12th in the 15-team field, the Stars were 80 strokes behind GICC over the two-day event.

“Took a few penalty strokes and had some tough holes. But we played better,” KCHS coach Stuart Moore said.

A day after shooting an 18-over-par 89, senior Brett Kaiser improved by four strokes to post an 85. It was an impressive mark for Kaiser, who tallied a 5-over-par on the par-3 second hole after hitting his ball into the water twice.

“The kid is just athletic. He hits the ball far, and he hits it well,” Moore said. “He had a good score. I know he wanted to shoot a little better than an 85. But he did good. I’m proud of him.”

Junior Nate Svec posted Kearney Catholic’s best score on Day 2 with an 11-over-par 82. Svec wasn’t on the Stars’ lineup card until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when Moore approached him about playing in the tournament.

He replaced senior Jacob Maaske, who declined to play on Wednesday after being disqualified for putting on a regulation green before the start of tournament play Tuesday.

“He stepped up huge for us,” Moore said. “Last minute substitution for Maaske and had a really good day. He played really consistent golf.”

At Kearney Country Club

Team scoring: Grand Island CC 320-317—637, Elmwood-Murdock 318-329—647, Creighton 327-321—648, Kimball 334-321—655, Hartington CC 319-341—660, Lincoln Christian 330-334—664, Battle Creek 335-335—670, Perkins County 342-337—679, Broken Bow 339-346—685, Wahoo Neumann 343-350—693, Milford 358-347—705, Kearney Catholic 364-353—717, Oakland-Craig 362-358—720, Bridgeport 372-367—739, Logan View 376-375—751


Chase Largen, Creighton 70-75—145

Matthew Schaefer, Hartington CC 73-73—146

Eric Stevens, Bridgeport 71-79—150

Ryan Van Ostrand, Lincoln Christian 73-77—150

Gavin Fox, Grand Island CC 78-73—151

Preston Carbaugh, Cambridge 76-75—151

Joel Zach, Lincoln Christian 75-77—152

Patrick Kenney, Wahoo Neumann 77-75—152

Jack Goering, Grand Island CC 77-80—157

Nicholas Langfeldt, Elm.-Murdock 79-78—157

Andrew McCloud, Kimball 78-80—158

Brady Brockhaus, Creighton 77-81—158

Dillon Wise, Kimball 86-72—158

Jarret Cerny, Norfolk Catholic 80-79—159

Nolan Langfeldt, Elm.-Murdock 76-83—159

Eli Fox, Grand Island CC 78-83—161

Ian Lundquist, Oakland-Craig 79-82—161

Joshua Johnston, Perkins County 83-79—162

Maxwell Madsen, Thayer Central 79-83—162

Ryder Lewis, Southern Valley 83-79—162

Riley Kuehn, Hartington CC 78-85—163

Griffin Wright, Broken Bow 83-81—164

Ty Heimes, Battle Creek 81-83—164

Nathan Mensik, Milford 83-82—165

Wesley Dreamer, Elm.-Murdock 83-82—165

Dylan Hathorn, Valentine 81-85—166

William Danielson, David City 82-84—166

Zane Anthony, Kimball 83-83—166

Rockney Peck, Wisner-Pilger 87-79—166

Riley Backemeyer, Elm.-Murdock 80-87—167

Gavin Tegeler, Battle Creek 88-79—167

Griffin Hendricks, Yutan 83-85—168

Hunter Deines, Ravenna 83-85—168

Carson Thelander, Perkins County 86-82—168

Jared Kahnk, Broken Bow 87-81—168

Caydon McCracken, Battle Creek 83-86—169

Lindsey Thiele, Wahoo Neumann 86-85—171

Devon Beckman, Battle Creek 85-87—172

Zachary Rust, Elmwood-Murdock 86-86—172

Dysen Roth, Pierce 87-85—172

Tyler Bartels, Johnson County 89-83—172

Carson Hamik, Grand Island CC 91-81—172

Collin Dorszynski, Gibbon 84-89—173

Ted Bengston, Hartington CC 81-92—173

Jake Hagerbaumer, Logan View 81-93—174

Bryce Zimmerer, Creighton 93-81—174

Benjamin Price, Superior 88-86—174

Brett Kaiser, Kearney Catholic 89-85—174

Tyson Patrick, Perkins County 88-86—174

Jacob Woodmancy, Perkins County 85-90—175

Luke Stueve, Battle Creek 86-89—175

Joshua Harvey, Broken Bow 84-91—175

Kole Bush, Kimball 89-86—175

Logan Roth, Milford 93-82—175

William Goering, Grand Island CC 87-88—175

Spencer Brown, Southern Valley 86-90—176

Braxton Brockhaus, Creighton 92-84—176

Jackson Feulner, Thayer Central 92-84—176

Conner Hammer, Creighton 88-89—177

Tyler Ailes, Lincoln Christian 91-86—177

Blake Thiele, Kearney Catholic 87-91—178

Thomas Maline, Oakland-Craig 87-91—178

Spencer Gaffney, Broken Bow 85-93—178

Izaac Reuter, Kimball 87-91—178

Quinn Paulsen, Hartington CC 87-91—178

Drake DeMasters, Bridgeport 89-89—178

Trevor Swartz, Fillmore Central 86-93—179

Jared Mulder, Oakland-Craig 91-88—179

Nathan Taylor, Logan View 92-88—180

Boston Pentico, Neumann 85-96—181

Bragan Meyer, Milford 89-92—181

Grahm Peschel, Lincoln Christian 91-94—185

Wyatt Mach, Milford 94-91—185

Hunter Hohlen, Lincoln Christian 92-94—186

Landon Walkenhorst, Arlington 97-89—186

Aaron Fay, Perkins County 96-91—187

Christian Richter, Kearney Catholic 93-95—188

Noah Briley, Neumann 95-94—189

Nolan Luetkenhaus, Cedar Bluffs 89-100—189

Zane Schmidt, Kearney Catholic 95-97—192

Noah Stauffer, Milford 93-101—194

Nolan Klug, Hartington CC 98-96—194

Nathan Wacker, Logan View 101-95—196

Cole Ulmer, Broken Bow 100-97—197

Kyle Kildow, Bridgeport 101-99—200

Colton Thomsen, Oakland-Craig 105-97—202

Gavin Nielsen, Logan View 102-100—202

Gunnar Ray, Oakland-Craig 106-98—204

Alex Hagerbaumer, Logan View 108-99—207

Logan Coalson, Bridgeport 111-100—211

Benjamin Chvatal, Neumann 109-111—220

Brady Newkirk, Bridgeport 115-110—225

Nate Svec, Kearney Catholic, DNP-82

Class B: Aurora’s Caleb Badura repeats, York wins team title at state golf tournament

By: World-Herald News Service

COLUMBUS, Neb. — Aurora’s Caleb Badura gave a fist-pump after he rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green at Quail Run Golf Course.

“That was awesome. I really wanted that putt. It was dead center,” Badura said.

It was a fitting way to end Badura’s dominant back nine as well as his outstanding high school career.

Badura was 3-under during the last seven holes Wednesday as he pulled away to a 10-shot win over Platteview’s Jordan Hart for individual medalist honors. York also raced away with the team title as it won by 25 strokes over runner-up Omaha Skutt.

Badura, who will golf for Northwestern College this fall, won last year’s Class B title by one stroke when the tournament was at Lincoln’s Highlands Golf Course. He placed third as a freshman and eighth as a sophomore.

He came into this year’s final round with a three-stroke lead and said he didn’t sleep well Tuesday night knowing he had a lead to protect. And it was tight midway through Wednesday’s round when Hart made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 to cut Badura’s lead to one.

But Badura, who finished the tournament at 2-under with rounds of 72 and 70, answered with a 20-foot birdie putt on the ninth. Then Hart slipped further back after making double bogey on No. 10.

“That was a huge putt. That was probably the turning point of the match,” Badura said of his birdie on nine. “I was giving myself chances on the front nine. I just wasn’t making putts. On the back nine, I finally started making some putts.”

Badura’s advantage grew to eight strokes when he birdied the par-3 14th, and his 12-footer on 18 topped off the win in an abbreviated season for him. Badura had surgery in January for Crohn’s disease, making it uncertain that he’d play golf this spring.

“I missed about four weeks (of the season),” Badura said. “I didn’t get my swing back until about districts.”

Badura’s swing was fine at state. So was York’s as the Dukes won their first boys state golf title.

York didn’t have anyone go low — its best 18-hole score over the two days was a 76. But York led by six shots entering Wednesday and used another balanced round to claim the title.

“I couldn’t be happier for our 4 and 5 men. Trevor (Clark) and Dawson (Sandall) have kind of been our unsung heroes all year,” York coach Dan Malleck said. “For them to go out and set the pace took the pressure off the top three.”

Clark shot a 77 and Sandall a 79 as the Dukes didn’t use their No. 1 golfer’s score Wednesday. York’s title caps a school year when the Dukes also won Class B titles in football and boys basketball.

“The athletes we have in our school right now are beyond anything I’ve seen in my 20 years there,” Malleck said.

At Quail Run, Columbus

Team scoring: York 317-315—632, Omaha Skutt 326-331—657, Beatrice 323-338—661, Scottsbluff 338-329—667, Elkhorn Mount Michael 358-323—681, Elkhorn 335-349—684, Sidney 343-346—689, Adams Central 354-348—702, Grand Island Northwest 349-363—712, Syracuse 364-354—718, Columbus Scotus 358-368—726, Columbus Lakeview 371-360—731


Caleb Badura, Aurora 72-70—142

Jordan Hart, Platteview 75-77—152

Charles Zielinski, Omaha Skutt 77-76—153

Graham Southwick, Beatrice 76-77—153

Bryce VunCannon, Col. Scotus 76-78—154

Dalton Mogul, York 80-77—157

Evan Macke, Ralston 76-81—157

Jason Bennett, Elkhorn 76-82—158

John Lapour, Omaha Gross 77-82—159

Luke Gutschewski, Elkhorn MM 80-79—159

Grant Case, York 78-82—160

Johnathan Hudson, Elkhorn MM 78-82—160

Trevor Clark, York 83-77—160

Tyler Welch, Seward 78-82—160

John Pohlson, Adams Central 84-77—161

Joshua Wilson, Scottsbluff 80-81—161

Matthew Kingston, Platteview 81-80—161

Marcus Eriksen, Northwest 78-84—162

Carson Blecke, Plattsmouth 84-79—163

Connor Dormann, Sidney 81-82—163

Dawson Sandall, York 84-79—163

Reed Malleck, York 76-87—163

Austin Nickels, Waverly 83-81—164

Brendon Lyon, Syracuse 82-82—164

Trenton Jurgens, Beatrice 79-85—164

Vincent Quijas, Scottsbluff 85-79—164

Samuel McCaslin, Scottsbluff 85-80—165

Ethan Paben, Columbus Lakeview 88-79—167

Sam Rogers, Elkhorn 80-88—168

Dillon Eaves, Omaha Roncalli 85-83—168

Blare Bauer, Holdrege 86-83—169

Kaleb Fullerton, Omaha Skutt 81-89—170

Teague Stewart, West Point-Beemer 85-85—170

Gabriel Vielma, McCook 88-82—170

Nolan Lange, Omaha Skutt 90-80—170

Adam Cole, Cozad 84-87—171

Cody Gulseth, Omaha Skutt 83-88—171

Cole Westfall, Sidney 91-80—171

Jacob Burke, Sidney 85-87—172

Elijah Havekost, Beatrice 82-90—172

Pierce Agena, Syracuse 85-87—172

Ryan O’Connell, Omaha Skutt 85-87—172

Andrew Paquette, Beatrice 86-86—172

Dillon Geiser, Cozad 83-90—173

Nolan Sughroue, Adams Central 88-87—175

Gavin Howell, Scottsbluff 88-89—177

Brett Jelinek, GI Northwest 90-88—178

Wyatt Behlen, Elkhorn 88-90—178

Grant Hallstrom, Syracuse 94-85—179

Nathan Sughroue, Adams Central 91-89—180

Joe Pietrocini, Elkhorn 91-89—180

Colson Kosch, Columbus Scotus 85-96—181

Carter Luedtke, Columbus LV 87-95—182

Cayden Jobman, Sidney 86-97—183

Douglas Jamal, Elkhorn MM 106-78—184

Logan Hock, Elkhorn MM 100-84—184

Elijah Comer, GI Northwest 90-95—185

Caleb Ackles, Adams Central 91-95—186

Jackson Prososki, Bennington 92-94—186

Joseph Holling, GI Northwest 91-96—187

Dylan Witt, Elkhorn 92-100—192

Landon Bignell, Columbus Lakeview 103-89—192

Nicholas Bohlen, Adams Central 95-97—192

Bryant Jurgens, Beatrice 96-98—194

Drew VunCannon, Columbus Scotus 102-93—195

Jared Engel, Columbus Lakeview 100-97—197

Sam Blaser, Columbus Scotus 97-101—198

Elijah Mohlman, Columbus Lakeview 96-103—199

Jackson Witt, Sidney 97-103—200

Noah Bruner, Scottsbluff 93-107—200

Matthew Meyer, GI Northwest 102-99—201

Mathew Winters, Elkhorn MM 100-102—202

Kobe Buller, Syracuse 103-100—203

Joshua Fishpaw, Syracuse 103-102—205

Cameron Johnston, Columbus Scotus 100-110—210

Sean Sheffer, Waverly 80-WD —WD

Class D: Franklin sophomore Ryan Weiss wins championship in playoff

By: World-Herald News Service

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Franklin sophomore Ryan Weiss made par on the second playoff hole to outlast West Holt’s Mason Hale for the individual title at the Class D state golf meet on Wednesday at Lake Maloney Golf Course.

Weiss, who started the second round in third place, shot a 75 Wednesday to finish at 7-over. First-round leader Andrew Lauby of Loomis shot a 79 and finished one stroke behind Weiss and Hale.

West Holt did repeat as the team champion, shooting rounds of 320 and 319. West Holt finished 13 strokes ahead of runner-up Franklin.

West Holt had four individuals finish in the top 10.

Class A: Luke Kluver wins second title in three years to help Norfolk claim first state golf championship

By: World-Herald News Service

NORFOLK, Neb. — For the first time, Norfolk’s boys headed to the awards tent without stopping at the scoreboard.

The Panthers knew they were collecting the spoils from the Class A tournament at home-course Norfolk Country Club — their school’s first title in the sport and Luke Kluver’s second title in three years.

They won by 24 strokes and Kluver by eight.

“I told my coach it was going to be boring golf on the back nine,” Kluver said. “He kind of winked and said boring golf is good.”

The junior was the only golfer in the field of 70 to break 72 both days and the only one Wednesday, when it got windy in the late going. His final-round 71, which included a double bogey on the front nine, gave him a 36-hole score of 5-under 139 for the best total in the three years the tournament has been played at Norfolk.

Tying for second were junior Josh Peters of runner-up Millard North and freshman Jason Kolbas of Lincoln Pius X. Peters had the second-best score of the day with a 72. Kolbas shot 73 a day after collapsing at the end of his round and needing medical attention for a high fever.

Like the individual title, the team race was for second after Norfolk’s first-day 291 was its fifth consecutive sub-300 score of the season.

Millard North rose up after starting the day in fifth. The Mustangs matched Norfolk’s 312, with Peters making birdie on the final hole to break a tie with Lincoln Southwest.

“To have Josh be runner-up and know what it’s like on this stage, and to bring home some hardware as a team, is a great foundation for us,” Mustangs coach Jake Hirz said.

Norfolk’s title came in Jerry Cover’s 26th year as coach. From girls golf, he had three state title teams.

Said Kluver: “I think he’s in tears right now.”

“This means a lot,” said Cover, who later got his new white shorts soaked in the team celebration. “We lost a playoff one year after shooting 280 the last day, and that was gut-wrenching.

“Today we had the lead and we didn’t shoot very well on the front. We came to life on the back, and it befuddles me how everybody doesn’t play the back well. It doesn’t make sense to me, but we know the course.”

Kluver’s brother, Jake, was the Panthers’ other medalist. The sophomore shot 75 Wednesday to tie for ninth at 152. Kellen Rossman missed medaling by one stroke at 155. Isaac Heimes was at 157 and Trent Wingate at 167.

“We felt comfortable because we had a big lead,” Luke Kluver said. “This is our home course, so we have an advantage there.”

At Norfolk Country Club

Team scoring: Norfolk 291-312—603, Millard North 315-312—627, Lincoln Southwest 311-317—628, Omaha Creighton Prep 304-327—631, Papillion-La Vista 312-324—636, North Platte 319-318—637, Lincoln East 318-337—655, Lincoln Pius X 333-327—660, Elkhorn South 333-333—666, Millard West 324-342—666, Kearney 326-355—681, Gretna 355-335—690


Luke Kluver, Norfolk 68-71—139

Joshua Peters, Millard North 75-72—147

Jason Kolbas, Lincoln Pius X 74-73—147

Alex Zillig, Papillion-La Vista 70-79—149

Grant Jabenis, Omaha Westside 72-78—150

Jace Kratzenstein, Kearney 70-80—150

Ty Crandon, Lincoln Southeast 77-74—151

Jake Kluver, Norfolk 77-75—152

Rex Soulliere, Creighton Prep 76-76—152

Joshua Bartels, Lincoln Southwest 76-77—153

Steven Strasheim, Lincoln East 72-81—153

Jayden Jones, North Platte 76-77—153

Carlson Koch, Omaha Central 75-79—154

Michael Hickey, Omaha Westside 77-77—154

Rourke Jensen, Lincoln North Star 75-79—154

Kellen Rossman, Norfolk 73-82—155

Hayden Pudenz, Papillion-La Vista 83-73—156

Tyler Jacobsen, Millard North 78-78—156

Grant Schweser, Millard North 80-77—157

Isaac Heimes, Norfolk 73-84—157

Kyle Zimbelman, North Platte 78-79—157

Charlie Hillis, Lincoln Southwest 77-81—158

Hudson Schulz, Lincoln Southwest 77-81—158

Ben Hourigan, Creighton Prep 73-86—159

Nolan Anderson, Papillion-La Vista 74-85—159

Tanner Rigg, Lincoln Southwest 81-78—159

Nolan Engelbart, Millard West 74-85—159

George Farner, Creighton Prep 76-84—160

Jacob Boor, Creighton Prep 79-81—160

Hunter Hall, Lincoln East 80-80—160

Riley Harms, Fremont 79-81—160

Peyton Koch, Omaha Central 82-79—161

Connor Vandewege, Lincoln East 79-83—162

Chesney Tatman, North Platte 82-81—163

Christopher Atkinson, Gretna 81-82—163

Drew Phillips, North Platte 83-81—164

Christopher Rasmussen, Elk. South 84-80—164

Kirnan Koenig, Lincoln Pius X 84-80—164

Luke Andreasen, Elkhorn South 80-84—164

Mason Burger, Papillion-LV South 80-84—164

Ryan Rogers, Millard West 78-86—164

Joseph Devin, Elkhorn South 82-84—166

Ethan Blair, Millard North 82-85—167

Trent Wingate, Norfolk 81-86—167

Jack Bergmeyer, Lincoln Southeast 84-83—167

Ethan Nelson, Millard West 85-84—169

Riley Podliska, Lincoln Southwest 84-86—170

Nolan Vondra, Papillion-La Vista 85-87—172

Ryan Hayes, Creighton Prep 83-89—172

Colton Stock, Gretna 91-81—172

Holton Harman, Lincoln Pius X 84-89—173

Tristan Sarvis, Millard North 85-89—174

Bryan Trent, Millard West 87-87—174

Preston Skeen, Kearney 86-89—175

Finn Lucas, North Platte 90-86—176

Jake Ellis, Kearney 82-94—176

Kody Sander, Lincoln Pius X 91-85—176

Colin Kitson, Gretna 93-86—179

Jacob Weber, Gretna 93-86—179

Caleb Shirk, Lincoln East 87-93—180

Christopher Chochon, Elk. South 87-93—180

Cole Sholly, Elkhorn South 95-85—180

Jack Christensen, Lincoln East 88-93—181

John Liliedahl, Lincoln Pius X 91-91—182

Will Porter, Kearney 90-92—182

Trevor Kroenke, Kearney 88-96—184

Zachary Weber, Gretna 90-94—184

Reece Mehrens, Papillion-La Vista 96-93—189

Chris Connell, Millard West, DNP-87

Brett Leighty, Millard West 92-DNP


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