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Despite tough weather conditions, four Antelope County golfers performed well at Wednesday’s Class D state golf meet at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte.
Golfers all day faced strong winds and below average temperatures, but battled through for the one-day tournament after Tuesday’s play was cancelled.
Clearwater/Orchard junior Gage Clifton and Elkhorn Valley junior Bryson Anderson each brought home a medal after placing in the top-15.
“It feels great,” Clifton stated. “I golfed all year pretty well and golfed well at state.”
Clifton finished tied for fifth after shooting an 82, while Anderson tied for 15th with an 87.
“It feels good to place at state,” Anderson commented.
Clifton opened the day by shooting a 43 on the front-nine, and finished strong with a 39 on the back-nine.
“I struggled getting off the (tee) box at first and couldn’t get a good drive,” Clifton noted. “I putted pretty well and chipped them close, so that really helped me.”
Anderson had to overcome a slow start to earn a medal. The junior Falcon started with a 47, but took seven strokes off his game in the last nine holes to place 15th.
“I didn’t do too hot on the front-nine,” Anderson recalled. “I parred the first two holes on the back-nine and it gave me a little confidence. That felt good to do better on the second nine.”
Elgin Public/Pope John senior Hunter Reestman and OC senior Ryan Wilhelm saw their golf careers come to an end with top-30 finishes.
Reestman tied for 19th with an 89 and Wilhelm recorded a 91 to tie for 30th.
West Holt won its third-straight team title by one stroke over North Platte St. Patrick’s. The Huskies shot a 355, while the Irish accumulated a 356.
Paxton junior Jeremy McMillan-Peters dethroned defending state champion Franklin’s Ryan Weiss to capture the individual crown. McMillan Peters carded a 75, while Weiss had a 77. West Holt senior Austin Wenner and Fullerton senior Chase Ostransky tied for third with an 81.