Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Wind blows up scores

Gothenburg golfers struggle at home invitational

A little rain, a little sun and a whole lot of wind hampered golfers at the annual Gothenburg Invite at Wild Horse Golf Club on Thursday.

An hour rain delay pushed back the start and while golfers avoided getting wet for the most part, they couldn’t get away from the gusty wind.

The Swedes, who had hoped to have a strong showing on their home course, struggled with just about every aspect of the game.

Gothenburg’s varsity finished 12th among 14 teams with a total of 382.

“I expected a whole lot better,” said Swede coach Don Graham. “But when the wind is blowing that hard, even the smallest mistake is amplified. A 10-yard hook becomes a 50-yard hook pretty easily.”

The Swedes came away without a medalist.

“Everybody had a bad day on the same day,” Graham said. “My educated guess is that they put a little too much pressure on themselves. That pressure combined with the frustrations from the wind and the problems tend to compound themselves.”

Jeramie VanAcker and Jackson Graham were the low scorers for the Swedes, both with 89. VanAcker shot 44 and 45 while Jackson had 43 and 46.

Sidney took the team title with an 18-hole total of 334. Individual winner was Tanner Johnson of Broken Bow. He carded 42 on the front nine and was four under par on the back for a winning total of 74.

The Swede coach said while his golfers are disappointed in their overall performance, they have to pick things up and move forward with three meets in four days this week.

After traveling to Holdrege on Tuesday, the Swedes will host the Dawson County meet Thursday and travel to Broken Bow on Friday.

Because the week is crammed with competition, Graham said he will be juggling his normal lineup.

“We won’t be taking our whole varsity squad to any meet this week,” he said. “Rather than looking at team scores this week, we’ll be hoping to improve individually. That will make the team better in the long run.”

The Dawson County meet begins at 1 p.m. at Wild Horse on Thursday. Friday’s invite at Broken Bow is scheduled to tee off at 9:30 a.m.