Vontz brings home Class C2 state golf individual medalist honors
LINCOLN -- Waid Vontz of Cambridge captured first-place medalist honors in the Nebraska Class C2 boys state golf tournament Wednesday.
Vontz posted a two-round score of 148 at Holmes Park.
Vontz captured the individual title by following his first-round 73 with a 3-over-par 75, good for a seven-stroke win over 2004 champ Phillip Thompson of College View Academy, Joseph Irlmeier of Pope John and Franklin's Jordan Slocum.
The Cambridge junior finished seventh in 2004 and second in 2003, each year shooting one score in the 80s.
"It feels good to play good both days and get a good score," Vontz, whose uncle Dennis Vontz serves as the PGA Professional at Highlands, told the OmahaWorld-Herald.
He gave me a few tips. He said it's a lot like Cambridge. If you keep it in play, you'll be all right."
Vontz described his opening nine holes Wednesday as an up-and-down round. It featured four bogeys, four birdies and one par. His round was interrupted by the delay after he teed off on No. 9 and he returned to chip over the green and make a fast-moving birdie putt from just off the putting surface.
He bogeyed No. 10, triple bogeyed No. 16, and birdied 17 to shoot 39, one of the best back nine scores in the windy conditions.
Vontz now has an individual state crown to go along with the football, basketball and golf team titles the Trojans claimed last year.
"Out in Cambridge, it blows pretty bad. At district, it blew pretty bad," he said. "That kind of prepared us for today."
Medicine Valley's Jordan Wilcox tied for sixth place in Class C2 with a 157 score. He shot 81 on the first day at 76 in the second round.
Dundy County's Derek Larimer tied for the 11th-place medal with a 162. He shot 86 in the first round and 76 in the second round.
Medicine Valley's team posted a 710 score for two days (356-354). Zach Robinson shot 173 (86-87), Joshua Nutt 185 (94-91), Andy Houser 195 (95-100) and Richard Wilder 210 (101-109).
The Cambridge squad fired a 711 (356-355). Tyler tenBensel shot 182 (96-86), Hunter Peitz 189 (91-98), Jackson Johnson 192 (96-96) and Anthony Hopkins 211 (99-112).
Arapahoe's Sebastian Edwards posted a 179 score (82-87).
Highlands Golf Course
Team scoring--Ewing 644, Pope John 647, Franklin 660, Loup City 674, Axtell 686, Elmwood-Murdock 687, Rock County 695, Humphrey St. Francis 697, Pleasanton 703, Potter-Dix 703, Medicine Valley 710, Cambridge 711, Mullen 724, Archbishop Bergan 733, Friend 734.
Individual leaders--1, Waid Vontz, Cambridge, 73-75-148. 2, tie, Jordan Slocum, Franklin, 74-81-155; Joseph Irlmeier, Pope John, 83-72-155; Phillip Thompson, College View Academy, 76-79-155. 5, Derrick Vest, Pleasanton, 75-81-156. 6, tie, Bryan Slocum, Franklin, 77-80-157; Jordan Wilcox, Medicine Valley, 81-76-157; Mark Steskal, Ewing, 78-79-157. 9, Jakob Piontkowski, Loup City, 80-78-158. 10, Craig Flenniken, Ewing, 82-77-159.
Class B state
Omaha Gross won its first Class B title since 1997, defeating Sidney by one shot (612-613).
O'Neill's John Hurley won individual honors for the second straight year with a two-round total of 138 at Pioneers Golf Course.
McCook junior Brandon Crick, who was in contention after shooting a first-round 72, followed with an 83 to finish tied for 22nd place in Class B with a 155 score.
Pioneers Park Golf Course
Team scoring--Omaha Gross 612, Sidney 613, Omaha Skutt Cathoilc 614, Lexington 618, Gering 620, Beatrice 624, Wayne 627, Crete 631, Aurora 633, Nebraska City 645, Boone Central 654, Pierce 667.
Individual leaders--1, John Hurley, O'Neill, 67-71-138. 2, tie, E.J. Hamilton, Omaha Gross, 69-72-141; Jarod Moran, Beatrice, 70-71, 141. 4, Kyle Huus, Sidney, 71-73, 144. 5, tie, Derek Rudebusch, Aurora, 70-75-145; Nolan Rudder, Norris, 70-75-145. 7, tie, Greg Pohlmann, Columbus Lakeview, 70-78-148; Nate Jaeger, Lexington, 74-74-148. 9, tie, John Johnson, Seward, 75-74-149; Kevin Stanek, Omaha Gross, 71-78-149; Michael Kampschneider, Omaha Skutt, 71-78-149.
Class C1 state
In Class C1, Cedar Catholic claimed its first title since 1995, defeating Kearney Catholic by seven strokes (616-623).
Phil Hranac of Kearney Catholic successfully defended his individual championship with a two-round 145 at Highlands Golf Course.
The Chase County-Imperial boys posted a 677 score (340-337) for two days at the Class C1 state tournament.
Jubal Joslyn led the Longhorns with a 160 (77-83).
He was followed by Philip Hayes 171 (87-84), Greg Large 175 (85-90), Brian Lee 176 (91-85) and Alex Marshall 177 (92-85).
Holmes Golf Course
Team scoring--Hartington Cedar Catholic 616, Kearney Catholic 623, Hastings St. Cecilia 639, Plainview 655, Wisner-Pilger 658, Oakland-Craig 663, Ponca 664, West Holt 664, Chase County 677, Mitchell 678, Kimball 679, Superior 679, Bishop Neumann 682, Southern 686, Ord 687.
Individual leaders--1, Phil Hranac, Kearney Catholic, 72-73-145. 2, tie, Jordan Reinertson, Gibbon, 73-76-149; Justin Blatchford, Ponca, 76-73-149.4, Jarryd Schieffer, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 72-78-150. 5, Jon Hoesing, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 73-78-151. 6, Miles Sudbeck, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 75-77-152. 7, tie, Matt Werner, Hastings St. Cecilia, 76-77-153; Matthew Meuret, Plainview, 75-78-153. 9, Brian Stastny, Wisner-Pilger, 77-77-154. 10, tie, Derrick Ceder, Twin River, 77-78-155; Nevin Kotera, Bishop Neumann, 76-79-155.
Class A state
Lincoln East won its fifth Class A title in six years and its ninth since 1994.
The Spartans defeated Lincoln Southwest by three stokes (567-570) in the two-day, 36-hole tournament at Mahoney Golf Course.
Trent Price of Lincoln Southeast was the medalist in Class A with a two-round total of 134, two shots ahead of 2004 champion Ben Tewes of Lincoln East.
Mahoney Golf Course
Team scoring--Lincoln East 567, Lincoln Southwest 570, Omaha Creighton Prep 583, Lincoln Southeast 584, Omaha Westside 599, Millard North 600, Norfolk 608, North Platte 614, Columbus 617, Fremont 619, Kearney 620, Papillion-La Vista South 651.
Individual leaders--1, Trent Price, Lincoln Southeast, 67-67-134. 2, Ben Tewes, Lincoln East, 67-69-136. 3, tie, Blake Giroux, Omaha Creighton Prep, 71-70-141; Brett Sundberg, Lincoln Southeast, 71-70-141; Michael Breetzke, Lincoln Southwest, 72-69-141. 6, tie, Austin Andersen, Lincoln East, 67-76-143; Matthew Janning, Millard North, 71-72-143; Michael Coatman, Lincoln Southeast, 71-72-143. 9, tie, Bobby Knowles, Omaha Creighton Prep, 73-71-144; Christopher Labenz, Lincoln East, 75-69-144; Joe Kubick, Lincoln Southeast, 74-70-144; Patrick Hanzel, Lincoln Pius X, 72-72-144.