The girls golf teams for Lakeview and Columbus high schools showed promise in their first competitive action of the season.
Although neither team won out in their respective tournaments, coaches indicated it was good to get back on the links.
Lakeview started the season playing in a scramble in Central City, a different format than what the unit usually competes in. Despite the different format, the Lakeview girls ended up in fourth out of eight teams in the division one category with a collective 79. Aurora took the top spot with a 71, while Grand Island Central Catholic followed with a 75 and Heartland rounded out the top three with a 78.
The scramble consisted of teams of three, where each player hits the ball and the best shot was.
The division one team consisted of Gracie Borer, Olivia Engel and Ella Meyer and proved somewhat impressive in their season debut, shooting just eight strokes out of first place and one away from third.
Lakeview head coach Angela Witt said she felt her entire team improved by playing in the scramble.
The tournament was split into three divisions, and so Vikings Torrin Boyer, Megan Simons and Paxton Lusche played together in the division three category. They ultimately tied for second with Aurora by shooting a collective 50 over nine holes, one stroke back from Grand Island Northwest’s 49.
“I felt like every player got better, all six of them just by being out there and competing against other teams,” Witt said.
This is the only scramble that Lakeview will compete in this season, and Witt mentioned how she likes having one to begin the season.
“I think it gives the girls some experience, but it (also) gives the girls some comfort knowing that the (other) girls are right there to help them out, and gives them some confidence,” Witt said.
According to Witt, the course condition and the weather were beautiful and they couldn’t have asked for better weather.
The next competition for Lakeview will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in a tri against Columbus and Scotus at Elks Country Club.
Division 1 – Aurora 71, GICC 75, Heartland 78, Lakeview 79, Northwest 79, Fullerton 84, Exeter-Milligan 104, Central City 109
Division 2 – Aurora 86, GINW 89, GICC 91, Fullerton 2/CC 1 96
Division 3 – GINW 49, Lakeview 50, Aurora (2) 50, Aurora 55, GICC 2/Ex-Milligan 1 60, Aurora 2/ CC 1 72
The Columbus team also saw its first action of the season when it traveled to Grand Island to compete in a tri alongside Kearney.
The team finished in third, but senior Aspen Luebbe had the second-best individual score of the competition with a 37.
Columbus head coach Anne Robertson seemed to be happy with how her team did, but said she still sees room for improvement.
“Aspen Luebbe started her senior season in solid form, finishing second to another strong senior from Kearney,” Robertson said. “Aspen was one over, and Ally (Troudt from Kearney) was one under. (I was) pleased with freshman Jacey Hughes’ 51. This was her first event as a varsity player, and she finished second low round for Columbus. Amber Sanne had a steady round, but came up short on a few putts, but was strong tee to green. Ashley Warner and Wendy Castillo, both scored 60s, had good holes, but each had a few hiccups in his or her round. The team will work on what it needs to improve before we compete against Norfolk and Fremont on Monday, at the Elks with a noon shotgun start.”
Grand Island 180, Kearney 184, Columbus 201
GRAND ISLAND — Paige Pehrson, 41; Lilly Zoellner, 43; Lauren Eilhusen, 47; Gabie Lockard, 49; Sadie Pehrson; 55.
KEARNEY — Aly Troudt, 35; Emily Jensen, 49; Lexi Lavene, 49; Hannah Lydiatt, 51; Chloe Dakan, 53.
COLUMBUS — Aspen Luebbe, 37, Jacey Hughes, 51; Amber Sanne, 53; Ashley Warner, 60; Wendy Castillo, 60.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com