Allison Temple didn’t have the start or finish she wanted, but there were plenty of good strokes in between to remain in contention at the Class A girls state golf tournament.
The Norfolk senior carded a 13-over-par 85 and sat ninth individually heading into Tuesday’s final round at the Norfolk Country Club.
Spencer Roach of Papillion-La Vista was the lone golfer to break 80 as the field battled a steady 20-mph wind with gusts to 30 early on.
Roach’s 7-over-par 79 was one stroke ahead of Grace Rasmussen of Millard South and two clear of two-time defending champion Nia Station of Omaha Burke was another stroke back in third.
As a team, Norfolk sits eighth in the 12-team field. Papillion-La Vista took a 12 stroke lead over Lincoln Southwest into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.
After triple-bogeying her opening hole, Temple grinded her way to a front-nine 45.
"One was just nerves," Temple said. "I knew I would have let it go or it would have killed me the rest of my round. I nearly chipped in on two, then parred three, and that definitely picked me up."
Temple played holes eight through 13 at 2-over with the help of a 20-foot par putt on 13. Her back-nine 40 could have been much lower had birdie putts on 12 and 16 not come up inches short, as did par putts on 15 and 18.
"My putting was pretty good all day, but I wish I would have made my putt on 18. I really wish it would have dropped," Temple said. "I’m guessing the scores are going to be a little high today, so I feel like I’m right in there."
Her coach, Lance Kosch, was pleased with his No. 1 golfer’s gutsy performance.
"Eighty five was a pretty good score today," Kosch said Monday. "Allison has played a lot of golf and been through the process many times. One of her strengths is her ability to stay focused and she certainly did that today after her rough start."
Helped by a 94 from junior Joselyn Lewis, the Panthers shot a 385 and need to make up eight strokes for an upper-half finish. Lewis will have to make up five strokes to earn a medal."
Kosch was satisfied with his team performance.
"I told the girls I was pleased with 385. Considering the conditions, that’s not too bad," Kosch said. "I told the girls to stay positive. We just need to get another score or two in the 90s tomorrow, and we’ll have a shot at an upper-half finish."
Rounding out Norfolk’s scoring were Whitney Lindsay (101), Mariah Yagow (105) and Hannah Carhart (107).
Class A state tournament
Papillion-La Vista 356; Lincoln Southwest 368; Millard North 371; Elkhorn South 374; Omaha Marian 376; Lincoln Pius X 377; Grand Island 380; Norfolk 385; Millard West 390; Lincoln East 393; Kearney 400; North Platte 403.
Top 15 individuals
1. Spencer Roach, P-LV, 79; 2. Grace Rasmussen, Millard South, 80; 3. Nia Station, OB, 81; T4. Megan Whittaker, ES and Faith Harris, GI, 82; T6. Peyton Savington, P-LV and Grace McMinn, OM, and Aspen Luebbe, Columbus, 84; 9. Allison Temple, NOR, 85; 10. Rachel Brader, MN, 86; T11. Morgan Lashley, NP and Madeline Murry, KEA, 87; 13. Alyson Kuehn, LPX, 88; T14. Gillian Dean, LSW and Lidia Jons, LSW and Sydney Irlbeck, MN, 89.