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Hitchcock County Takes the Southwest Invite, RPAC Golfers Battle at Cross Creek Golf Links

Southwest hosted its yearly golf meet on Friday as we are getting past the halfway point of the season. The Roughriders hosted this invite at Cambridge's Cross Creek Golf Links, and as many know, this long course features some tough pin placements and a number of trees that come into play. With all of that being said though, we saw some great golf and a new school record for a team score.

Team Scores

  1. Hitchcock County-325

  2. Chase County JV-362

  3. Southwest-370

  4. DCS-370

  5. Cambridge-373

  6. Medicine Valley-503

  7. MHC-No Team Score

  8. Wallace-No Team Score

For the individual results, it took a little time to decide some medals. At this meet, they medaled 10 golfers and some playoffs had to take place. To determine winners, golfers played hole one, then if play needed to continue, they went to nine and then repeated that process.

First for the 2nd and 3rd place medals, Hitchcock County's Brayden Melchert and Ashton Parker-Johnson each shot an 81. So they had to playoff. Melchert won that playoff.

Then for the 4th, 5th, and 6th place medals, Gavin Wisnieski of Chase County, Micah Gerlach of Cambridge, and Houston Billeter of Southwest each shot an 83. Wisnieski won that playoff, Gerlach came in 2nd in the playoff, and Billeter 3rd. It was solid golf from those three all day.

Then, for 9th and 10th place medals, it came down to a three-person playoff and man, there was excitement. Tyce Pate of Medicine Valley, Maverick Webb of Cambridge, and Owen Matthews of DCS. It took one hole to win the 9th place medal. Tyce Pate took the hole and that spot. Webb and Matthews though, battled on, for three more playoff holes. On the final hole, Webb had to hit a tough, sloping putt to secure the playoff win and the 10th place medal. Matthews competed incredibly well in the playoff, as he and Webb matched each other's shots.

So after all of that, here is how the varsity medals shook out.

  1. Jack Baker-Hitchcock County-74

  2. Brayden Melchert-Hitchcock County-81

  3. Asthon Parker-Johnson-Hitchcock County-81

  4. Gavin Wisnieski-Chase County JV-83

  5. Micah Gerlach-Cambridge-83

  6. Houston Billeter-Southwest-83

  7. Dante Horner-DCS-86

  8. Darin Neben-Hitchcock County-89

  9. Tyce Pate-Medicine Valley-90

  10. Maverick Webb-Cambridge-90

Hitchcock County had a monster day. They shot 325, which is a new school record. They came away with four individual medals with Jack Baker in 1st, Brayden Melchert in 2nd, Asthon Parker-Johnson in 3rd, and Dain Neben in 8th. Baker had a putt to break his own school record on the 18th hole but couldn't convert. He'll have his chances with the remainder of the season to do so. They look to make some noise at RPAC this next week.

Cambridge finished 5th with a 373. Gerlach shot a person best with an 83 and then Webb a 90. Gerlach was solid with his tee shots and approach shots all day, Webb played good golf all day too. Brohdey Wood shot a 94, which was good enough for 15th. With the conference meet this coming week at their home course, the Trojans will try to finish in the top half of the invite.

The Roughriders took 3rd as a team with a 370. Southwest was led by Billeter again, this time an 83 and a 6th place finish. He's been steady all year. Colton Sedlacek was just outside of placing with a 92, at 13th and Hunter Blume shot a 96 and finished 19th. Cross Creek Golf Links is essentially their home course too, so they have to be excited to compete there and host RPAC this upcoming week.

DCS tied Southwest with a 370. Dante Horner played well with a 7th place medal and an 86. Owen Matthews, Brodie Rogers, Taos Dale each broke 100, as Matthews a 90 and finished 11th, Rogers a 95 and 16th, and then Dale a 99 and 20th. They will look to be in the mix for medals at RPAC.

The Raiders of Medicine Valley shot a 503 and took 6th. Medicine Valley had a nice outing from Tyce Pate who put up a 90 and finished 9th. He will battle for a medal during conference too. Kevin Bantam finished 32nd with a 125.

Maywood-Hayes Center did not have enough golfers for a team score. Hunter Koetter led the way with a 114 and 28th place. Landon Littrel shot a 123 and placed 30th and Tyler Stewart finished 21st with a 124. The Wolves will keep looking to improve as the season rolls on.

Wallace had two golfers compete, so not enough for a team score. But, Tyson Sullivan and Micah Garrison competed. Sullivan shot a 101 and finished 22nd, and Garrison shot a 110 and ended up 26th. They both have played some good golf this season and seeing the course in Cambridge will help ahead of conference.


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