Ryan Wilhelm saved his best golf of the year for the moment he needed it most.
The sophomore, who has consistently been among the best golfers all year for Clearwater-Orchard, locked up his first berth at the state golf tournament on Tuesday after taking eighth at the D-3 District Meet in Atkinson.
After posting an impressive 40 through the first nine holes, Wilhelm held on with a 46 on the back nine to finish with an 86 on the day.
He was nearly joined by teammate Gage Clifton. The freshman took 12th on the day with a 93. Blake Hoke was on the edge of the top 10 after the first nine but struggled through the back half of the day to finish 16th with a 97.
Travis Rudloff finished 41st in the field with a 123. Clay Thiele took 45th with a 127. As a team, the Cyclones took fourth with a score of 399.
Wilhelm will take to the course at the Class D state meet beginning Tuesday. The meet will be held at North Platte's Lake Maloney Golf Course. Tee times will be announced within the next couple of days.
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