District meet Monday
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Two of the best team scores turned in by the Longhorn golfers this season have come at Kimball’s Four Winds Golf Course.
On May 2, they won the SPVA tournament held there with a 352. Last Friday, they were there for Kimball’s invitational and improved by 11 strokes to finish first again with a 343.
Coach Larry Munger wants that trend to continue because Monday’s district meet is being held at Four Winds as well.
Munger feels that if the Longhorns can duplicate Friday’s number they have a shot of grabbing one of three state tournament berths at the meet.
Munger said Valentine looks to be the favorite going in to the meet with seven other teams having a shot at the two remaining spots.
All five of the Longhorn golfers improved their scores Friday compared to the SPVA meet there.
Curtis Laird continues to lead the pace for the team. He shot an 80 Friday, besting his 81 shot at SPVA to finish fifth.
Ryan Moline took eighth Friday with an 86, three strokes better than his SPVA mark. Darin Knobbe was two strokes better with an 88, Tyler Jennings one better with an 89 and Sam Haarberg 11 strokes better with a 92.
Teams competing in the C5 district include Ainsworth, Bayard, Bridgeport, Chase County, Dundy County-Stratton, Gordon-Rushville, Hershey, Kearney Catholic, Kimball, Mitchell, Perkins County, SMC (Stapleton/McPherson County), Southern Valley and Valentine.
The Longhorns will play their final tournament before districts when they go to Ogallala today (Thursday) for their invitational.
They were scheduled to play at Cozad Monday but the meet was moved to Friday due to the weather. However, the seniors have conflicts with graduation preparations so Munger said they’ll skip the Cozad meet.
In jayvee action, the Longhorns shot a 495 at the North Platte St. Pat’s invite last week to finish at the back of the pack.
Cade Francis led the team with a 106 at the River’s Edge Golf Course. Allan Smith added a 112, Lorena Mares a 138 and Trey Bahler a 139. On Tuesday, the jayvees finished sixth out of eight teams at the Sutherland invite.
Francis led the team again with a 99 to finish 12th.
Smith shot an even 100, Mares 118 and Bahler 126.