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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