District C3 boys golf

HARTINGTON — Tri County Northeast has not been Tri County Northeast for a long time.

The junior high teams have been an item for a bit of time, but the high school teams have been together for a couple of years and, well, the golf team won a district title for the first time in the cooperative's history on Monday in the Class C, District 3 meet.

"I guess we just did win our first," Wolfpack coach Scott Hansen said. "I don't care right now about history, I'm just happy for our kids."

It took a comeback on the second nine holes at the Hartington Golf Club and a "steady as she goes" attitude from Hansen's players.

"None of us played very well the first nine holes," tournament medalist Nathan Oswald said. "We really like each other, we've played football and basketball together and now we golf together."

Oswald fired a 78 to win the honors of being a district champion, which led a couple of members of the Wolfpack in the medals and one just on the outside.

Ben Jorgensen shot an 82 for third and Garrett Blanke was a stroke out of the top 10 with an 89.

"This was kind of a shocker to win the district," Hansen said. "I thought we had the kids to do it, but our kids really played well down the stretch of this tournament to get the job done."

"My driver wasn't good the first nine holes," Oswald said. "I just got focused and did what was necessary the second (nine). I'm very happy I won, but I was just trying to help the team."

Cedar Catholic's Jay Steffen was second individually as the Trojans ended up second, just three strokes behind the Wolfpack.

"The greens were really fast today," Steffen said. "We'll use this for experience, and we'll use state for experience. We will get better, and we will be right up there to get to the win."

West Holt also qualified for the state tournament as a team with a 356.

Most of the field played much better as the 18-hole tournament progressed with the medalists improving from the first nine to the final nine holes.

"We don't have a lot of experience as a team," Oswald said. "I wasn't really nervous at all today. I just wanted to get better and help the team in the final nine holes."

The Wolfpack, Cedar Catholic and West Holt will head to the Elks Country Club in Columbus on Wednesday, May 25, with the second 18-hole round set for the following day.


At Hartington Golf Club

Team scoring (top 3 qualify for state): Tri County Northeast 352, Hartington Cedar Catholic 355, West Holt 356, Ponca 365, Norfolk Catholic 373, Hartington-Newcastle 377, Crofton 390, Summerland 418, Elkhorn Valley 545.

Individual state qualifiers: 1. Nathan Oswald, TCNE, 78; 2. Jay Steffen, HCC, 82; 3. Ben Jorgensen, TCNE, 82; 4. Reece Morten, H-N, 83; 5. Weston Mathis, WH, 85; 6. Mason Mitchell, WH, 85; 7. Cazden Christensen, HCC, 87; 8. Eugene DeCora, WIN, 88; 9. Luke Beckman, BC, 88; 10. Grant Sprakel, PON, 88.

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