Golfers split dual meets
Swedes win on the road
The results of two golf duals last week were as different as the weather conditions two days apart.
The Gothenburg golfers had a rough day at Wild Horse Golf Club in their dual with Broken Bow on April 3.
Bitter wind forced the Swedes to play in stocking hats and layered clothing.
“Some kids handle the elements better than others,” said Gothenburg coach Don Graham. “We really just didn’t play our best. We could certainly do better.”But Graham also gave credit to the Indians.
“Broken Bow has a solid golf team this year,” he said.
The Indians defeated the Swedes 169-190.
Gothenburg seniors Jackson Graham and Jeramie VanAcker led the Swedes, each shooting a nine-hole score of 42.
Broken Bow’s Marcus Miller was the medalist with a low score of 38.
On the flip side, the weather was warm and sunny on Thursday when the Swedes played North Platte St. Pat’s at Rivers Edge Golf Club.
“We didn’t play our best again but we managed to win the dual,” Graham said.
Gothenburg edged the Irish 183-186.
The two seniors who led the team against Broken Bow had uncharacteristically poor rounds, the coach said.
“It was just not their best day hitting the ball,” Graham said, “but that’s the way it goes sometimes. The kids have to learn that every round is not going to be their best and each hole is not going to be their best. It’s something they have to learn to play through.”
Sophomore Trenton Long was the Swede leader carding 44.
“The younger kids are coming along,” Graham said. “They’re showing great improvement from one meet to the next.”
Irish players Jared Arensdorf and Mitch Ferguson shared top honors with nine-hole scores of 42.
“I think as a whole we’re ahead of where we were this time last year,” Graham said. “But I think we’ve hit a little bit of a bump. Hopefully we can play out of it and continue to get better.”
The Swedes have another dual meet at Ogallala on Thursday before hosting their own invite at Wild Horse on April 19.
Tee time Thursday is 4 p.m. MT.