Longhorn golfers defend SPVA title
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Chase County’s Longhorn golfers successfully defended last year’s SPVA title with another title Friday at the Four Winds Golf Course in Kimball.
The Longhorns edged out the host team by three strokes on the strong finish by Curtis Laird, who finished with an 81.
Coach Larry Munger said his team showed good improvement but it was Laird’s 81 that made the difference.
Munger said that’s his best score of the season and it came at an opportune time. Laird was the last of the Longhorn golfers to report in after his round.
Munger said Laird’s teammates had it figured out that if he shot at least an 84, they would tie Kimball for the title. His 81 helped claim the team title outright and earned him a third place individual medal.
Three of the other four Longhorns golfers all finished in the top 10. Ryan Moline finished fifth with an 89, Tyler Jennings was sixth with a 90 and Darin Knobbe was eighth with a 92. Sam Haarberg finished the 18-hole course with a 103.
Munger said his golfers experienced the best day weather-wise of the season. With the exception of being a little breezy, it was a beautiful day, he noted.
Perkins County finished third behind Kimball with a 392. Kimball’s top two golfers finished first and second with a 74 and 77. Full results from Kimball were not available at press time.
District meet in Kimball
Munger said it was advantageous to play SPVA at Kimball because that’s where the district meet will be May 19.
Plus, the Longhorns will return there today (Thursday) for Kimball’s invitational after playing at Chappell Tuesday, where they finished third.
The jayvees will also play today in the St. Pat’s invite at North Platte’s River’s Edge golf course.
The Longhorns have two regular season meets before districts, one at Cozad and one at Ogallala.