Vikes, ’Rocks sent off state course mid round
The weather wreaked havoc on the girls’ state golf tournament at various sites across the state Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday it was bad enough that Class A was canceled in Norfolk while play initially began at Class B were shut down as well.
Lakeview was competing at Quail Run golf course where none of the five Lady Vikes had yet made it halfway through second round when play was halted.
“We were just golfing and they sounded the air horn, and then we knew that we had to all go in, said senior Olivia Engel. “We didn’t get that far into the holes, I was going to 7, and Gracie (Borer) just finished nine holes.”
Engel described the meet being canceled as a bittersweet situation.
“I was kind of disappointed because I wanted to finish out the holes because it’s my last year and I was super excited that I made it to state, but at the same time I was relieved because I was cold and it was rainy, so I was happy to be done,” she said.
On top of the rain, it was especially difficult for Engel who had issues with her umbrella during the tournament.
“While I was golfing the last couple days my umbrella wouldn’t stay up, and that was something that I needed because it was raining and I was wet,” she said. “It was definitely more cold today because it was more downpouring and it wouldn’t stop raining.”
With all of this week’s events leading up to and including the rain-soaked state tournament, the first that Engel made in her four-year career, she said that she will remember the experience for a long time.
“Leading up to state we practiced the course, we played the front nine the first couple days, and then we played the back nine, and then on Saturday coach made us come out to the range and hit a couple balls,” she said. “During state, I would say it’s about the same as districts except the surroundings, how there were spotters just looking for your ball and just the scorekeepers, but I would say that state was fun.”
Because of the second day being cut short, the NSAA is only using the first-day results to decide the placing.
Lakeview finished in 12th as a team with a score of 459
Scotus traveled all the way to North Platte but was also unable to finish the second day.
Some of the golfers had already completed a majority of the course before the tournament was called off.
Shamrock senior Hannah Allen was on her 11th hole of the day when she received the news. She was relieved to step out of the unrelenting precipitation.
“Today was just kind of a struggle. It was down pouring and freezing all day, so golfing in that is obviously very difficult, and I wasn’t playing the best and doing the best, and I was kind of over it, so when we heard the horn to go back in my dad told me, ‘Hannah, that’s the first time I’ve seen you smile all day,’ because I was happy that it was over, and I could go get warm,” Allen said.
Despite the rain, the Scotus senior described state as enjoyable overall.
“It was really fun to be with my team, and it was a fun experience to travel and come and play and there were many expectations going into state that we put on ourselves so we could relax and just kind of play our game. So overall the experience was really good,” she said. “It was a good experience to have as my last high school golf tournament. ”
Scotus finished tied for seventh with Bridgeport and West Point-Beemer on a score of 444.
*Ternus had to withdraw after day one due to an illness coming into the tournament.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org