NORTH PLATTE — The final hole summed up the day best for Norfolk Catholic’s Chelsey Reifert at the Class C state golf meet at Lake Maloney Golf Course here.
There was the drive that went into the rough. But a solid second shot allowed her to chip onto the green. And that led to a par putt for a 39 on the back nine and an 81 second-day score.
“I wanted to make sure I made my last putt so I’d end on a good note,” Reifert said. “I did, so I ended up with par and how I wanted.”
Reifert wound up tying with Harley Hiltibrand of Ogallala for seventh individually with a 171 two-day total. She got better as the two-day tournament wore on, with her worst round an opening 49 on Monday. She rebounded with a 41 to finish the first day, and started Tuesday with a 42.
“I shot a 41 yesterday on the back and I was like, ‘Well, I don’t know if I can do 41,’ and then I shot 39 and my best round of the year,” Reifert said.
That was the kind of performance that coach Emily Duncan said she expected.
“For her to shoot her best round here, that was her goal,” Duncan said. “Just to see her save her best for last, I knew it was coming, and I kept on telling her every week, ‘You have it in you. You can do it. You have to believe in yourself.’ Today she believed in herself and trusted everything she could do.”
Anna Kassmeier joined Reifert as the Knights’ other state qualifier. Kassmeier finished in a five-way for 39th with a 201 two-day total, posting a 100 on the first day and closing with a 101.
“For Anna and Chelsey to make it was amazing,” Duncan said. “It was coming down to the end if Anna if she was going to get in or not, and for her being a sophomore, she’s got two more years. It’s good improvement. She knows what she can do.”