WAYNE – West Point-Beemer parlayed a first-place finish by junior Lacie Fox into a team title in the C-3 district golf tournament here today at Wayne Country Club. Norfolk Catholic was the runner-up as the Cadets and Knights will find their way to the Class C State Girls Golf Championships next week in North Platte.
Fox used a final round of 36 after carding a 44 in the first nine holes to run away from the field by 12 strokes.
“My coach stopped me at No. 8 and told me to quit trying to do this new stuff,” Fox said. “He said to go back to what I was doing all year and quit worrying about it. I birdied the next hole then went on to shoot the 36.”
“”This win as a team is huge for us,” WP-B coach Keith Eriksen said. “With Lacie, sometimes you coach too much or think too much – she just needed to get back to playing golf and having fun . In the end, that’s really what it’s all about – having fun.”
The Cadets had three players finish in the Top 10, led by Fox’s 80. Anna VanderGriend placed sixth with a 96 and Paige Meier was seventh with a 97.
Chelsey Reifert was the top Norfolk Catholic golfer completing the 18-hole round in 97. The Knight sophomore was happy with her work on the day.
“We qualified as a team last year and we wanted to get back this year,” Reifert said. “I was glad to play pretty well today and I’m really glad we all get to go to state. I love my teammates.”
Paige Peters was the runner-up in the individual race as the Thurston/Cuming County golfer came in with a 92. Cassidy Ulrich was third with a 93.
“The girls kept battling all day,” Norfolk Catholic coach Casey Knake said. “This is my first year as the head coach and honestly, the girls did the work. They practiced hard all season to get us to this point – we have no pressure going to North Platte. We’ll go down there and have some fun and see what happens.”
Battle Creek qualified as the third team from the district and had no players in the top 10. The Braves fired a 407 to make it to state.
One player who wasn’t even sure she would be playing in the district tournament, much less qualify for state, was Laurel-Concord/Coleridge sophomore, Brooke Young.
Young contracted meningitis about a month ago and missed every meet since until playing today in the district.
“I did get to practice a couple of days before we played today,” Young said. “Obviously I feel better now but I think it really helped to get away from it – I missed it to the point I knew I didn’t want to waste anything. I guess sometimes things work out.”
Young fired a 98 to place ninth and qualify for next week’s state meet.
1.West Point-Beemer 382; 2. Norfolk Catholic 396; 3. Battle Creek 407; 4. Hartington Cedar Catholic 416; 5. Wayne 422; 6. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 424; 7. Crofton 451; 8. Oakland-Craig 475; 9. Pierce 524; 10. Plainview 527; 11. Stanton 541.
1.Lacie Fox, WP-B, 80; 2. Paige Peters, TC, 92; 3. Cassisy Ulrich, HCC, 93; 4. Emily Klooz, LCC, 94; 5. Anna Loberg, Way, 96; 6. Anna VanderGriend, WP-B, 96; 7. Paige Meier, WP-B, 97; 8. Chelsey Reifert, NC, 97; 9. Brooke Young, LCC, 98; T10. Blair Benda, NC, 99; T10. Kaitlyn McAllister, Way, 99.