NORTH PLATTE — Three Panhandle golfers earned berths into the state tournament after posting top-10 finishes at the Class B, District 4 Tournament on Monday at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte.
Chadron’s Trevor Berry, Sidney’s Cayden Jobman and Alliance’s Crayten Cyza medaled individually. They will be in the field for the state tournament, which will be played May 21-22 at Elks Country Club in Columbus.
Berry, a junior, led all local golfers by placing fourth with a round of 78. He will be making his first trip to state.
Jobman, a junior, fired an 81 to finish ninth. He competed at state last year as a member of the Red Raiders’ qualifying team.
Cyza will be competing at state for the first time. The sophomore shot an 82 to place 10th.
Powered by five top-10 individual medalists, North Platte ran away with the team title by shooting a 308 on its home course. Cozad followed in second with a 338 and McCook captured the district’s other team qualification by finishing third with a 339.
Alliance led the Panhandle contingent in the team race. The Bulldogs placed fourth with a 347. Scottsbluff followed in sixth with a 366, Sidney was eighth with a 381, Gering finished ninth with a 385, and Chadron ended 10th with a 413.
It’s the first time in a number of years the Class B state tournament won’t include a Panhandle team.
Scottsbluff head coach Brock Ehler said the Bearcats couldn’t avoid a few big numbers during their district round on Monday.
“We couldn’t stay away from the big numbers,” he said. “They kept trying with every shot and they did a good job of pulling for each other. I’m proud of them for that. There were just too many holes where we got in trouble.”
Brandyn Larsen led the Bearcats with an 85. He was followed by Gavin Howell with an 89, Ty Corr with a 92, Dawson Mohr with a 100, and Brett Hill with a 105. The Bearcats will say goodbye to three seniors in Larsen, Howell and Corr.
“This was a year where it seemed like everyone played 16 good holes and then two others. It just seemed like that happened often,” Ehler said. “Coming into today we knew we might be on the outside looking in, but I really believed we had a good shot at getting into the top three if we could put everything together and play well. It just didn’t happen for us today. That’s golf.”
A pair of Alliance golfers joined Cyza in the 80s on Monday. Cade Stephenson finished with an 85 and Caeson Clarke had an 88. Also for the Bulldogs, Jaron Matulka shot a 92 and Cameron Wood ended with a 121.
In addition to Jobman, Sidney’s other finishers were Jackson Witt with a 94, Quinn Siler with a 96, Trey Douglas with a 110, and Josh Balance with a 112.
In addition to Berry, Chadron’s other finishers were Blake Olson with a 99, Jacksyn Behrends with a 111, Shawn Schremmer with a 125, and Zachary Collins with a 128.
Gering was led by senior Justin Scott. He shot a 90. Also for the Bulldogs, Noah Longoria finished with a 95, Tommy Ganos and Dyson Dollarhide both shot 100, and Turner Ray finished with a 115.
1, North Platte, 308. 2, Cozad, 338. 3, McCook, 339. 4, Alliance, 347. 5, Broken Bow, 353. 6, Scottsbluff, 366. 7, Gothenburg, 370. 8, Sidney, 381. 9, Gering, 385. 10, Chadron, 413. 11, Lexington, 415. 12, Ogallala, 436.
Individual Top 10
1, Finn Lucas, North Platte, 76. 2, Adam Cole, Cozad, 76. 3, Andrew Phillips, North Platte, 76. 4, Trevor Berry, Chadron, 78. 5, Jayden Jones, North Platte, 78. 6, Brady Esch, McCook, 78. 7, Tanner Ruda, North Platte, 78. 8, Jakeb Scherer, Gothenburg, 79. 9, Cayden Jobman, Sidney, 81. 10, Crayten Cyza, Alliance, 82. 10, Kasch Morrison, North Platte, 82.
Local Individual Team Scoring
Alliance — Crayten Cyza, 82; Jaron Matulka, 92; Cade Stephenson, 85; Caeson Clarke, 88; Cameron Wood, 121. Chadron — Trevor Berry, 78; Blake Olson, 99; Jacksyn Behrends, 111; Zachary Collins, 128; Shawn Schremmer, 125. Gering — Justin Scott, 90; Tommy Ganos, 100; Noah Longoria, 95; Turner Ray, 115; Dyson Dollarhide, 100. Scottsbluff — Ty Corr, 92; Gavin Howell, 89; Brandyn Larsen, 85; Brett Hill, 105; Dawson Mohr, 100. Sidney — Cayden Jobman, 81; Jackson Witt, 94; Trey Douglas, 110; Quinn Siler, 96; Josh Balance, 112.