NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Golf weather it was not.
With temperatures holding steady at 38 degrees along with persistent rain, Class C braved the elements for a while Tuesday at the state tournament at River’s Edge.
While Class A never got going and Class B was stopped around noon, Class C continued to trudge through the mire. Finally, as the rain intensified and puddles formed, play was halted about 3 p.m.
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So as at the other two sites, only the first-round scores counted. And for the first time, there were co-champions for team and individual honors. Ogallala and Cozad shot 390s to share the team title, with Ogallala extending its reign to three years in a row. Ogallala junior Harley Hiltibrand and Mitchell senior Kenzey Kanno shot 83s to tie for first.
The weather “really takes a toll on you mentally,” Hiltibrand said.
“But the tougher (players) show, and me and Kenzey were the ones,” she said. “I love her and I wouldn’t want to be tied with anybody except her. I was about 6½ holes in. I wish they would have called it off beforehand.”
Kanno is her school’s first champion in girls golf. The four-time state medalist said winning the title was her goal coming into the season and being able to accomplish it means a lot.
“The weather made it very hard to play,” she said. “It was really cold, windy, rainy, and the water made the course hard to play.”
With Cozad and Ogallala about 100 miles apart, the two teams often are in the same tournaments and have developed a friendly relationship. Cozad coach Teresa Osborn used that as a bargaining chip with Ogallala’s Kim Mestl during the award ceremony.
“We all get along pretty well. The girls golf well together and are friends,” Osborn said with a grin. “I just told Kim we’d like to take (the trophy) home, because she has a couple already.”
The Haymakers were led by Abigail Cornelius’ fourth-place finish (87) and Lynzi Becker tying for seventh (90).
The cancellation was to Kearney Catholic’s detriment. The Stars had worked their way into the lead Tuesday until the round was scrubbed.
Mestl echoed a prevailing thought around the course about the decision to begin play.
“It would have been nice for them to call it in the morning,” she said. “I feel bad for the girls. It just got wetter and wetter, and worse.”
Team scoring: Cozad 390, Ogallala 390, Mitchell 395, Kearney Catholic 397, Cambridge 418, Lincoln Lutheran 433, Bridgeport 444, Columbus Scotus 444, West Point-Beemer 444, Lincoln Christian 445, Omaha Brownell Talbot 446, Battle Creek 447, Norfolk Catholic 452, Hartington CC 455, Syracuse 465.
Harley Hiltibrand, Ogallala 83
Kenzey Kanno, Mitchell 83
Elizabeth Mestl, Heartland 84
Abigail Cornelius, Cozad 87
Brook Diekemper, West Point-Beemer 88
Kailey Johnson, Broken Bow 88
Addison Mitchell, Kearney Catholic 90
Cecan Porter, Omaha Brownell Talbot 91
Sydney Erickson, Pierce 91
Taylor Van Ostrand, Lincoln Christian 91
Abby Brodersen, Boone Central 94
Ashley Waggoner, Kearney Catholic 95
Lily Bojanski, Fremont Bergan 95