Columbus takes third as GNAC meet
Columbus High boys golf took third at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference championship on Saturday at Scottsbluff shooting a 345 team total.
The combined score of the top five players is a season low for the Discoverers.
North Platte won the conference scoring a 321.
Freshman Brock Kuhlman led CHS shooting a 76 which earned him second place in the individual standings. Shane Hess shot a 84 for seventh, Mitchell Goc carded a 87 for 13th and Zach Paden and Cole Asche both tallied 98s.
Head coach Rick Benson said he was impressed with Kuhlman’s resolve, who had to come back after shooting 4-over the first seven holes.
“At that point he could have kind of given up a little bit,” Benson said. “He didn’t. He shot even par after that. Brock has played a lot of golf individually during the summer in summer events and such. Even though he was coming in as a freshman, he was coming in with quite a bit of tournament experience.
“When you put yourself on a team, you’re playing for other people as well as yourself, and that’s a little added pressure. It’s really been nice to watch him develop during the season and handle that pressure. He’s definitely playing better.”
The Discoverers were only two strokes away from second-place McCook.
CHS also competed in a triangular with Fremont and Norfolk on Tuesday at Norfolk.
Norfolk won shooting a 168, Columbus took second with a 174 and Fremont finished third with a 178.
Shane Hess led the Discoverers with a 40, Brock Kuhlman shot a 41, Mitchell Goc carded a 44, Zach Paden tallied a 59, and Cole Asche scored a 51.
Columbus High will compete at Norfolk on Friday in an 18-team tournament before the district championship on Monday in Lincoln.
“It’s a big tournament, and a lot of top schools are there,” Benson said. “We’re just trying to get ready for the district tournament.”
Benson said he knows districts will be a difficult test.
“We’re gonna go in there and try to play the best we can,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen with golf.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org