Hager ties for 11th at state girls golf

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Justine Hager

Marian, Scottsbluff,

Minden win


GRAND ISLAND (AP) -- McCook High School junior Justine Hager went from a 16th-place tie on Monday to an 11th-place tie on Tuesday at the Nebraska Class B state girls golf tournament.

The Class B girls state tournament was played at Grand Island's Riverside Golf Club.

Hager, who was competing in her third state tournament, shot a 93 in the first round Monday, but improved to an 89 in Tuesday's second round to finish with a 182 score.

Hager tied for 10th place at state last year as a junior. She shot a 191 score (90-91). As a freshman in 2004, Hager posted a 191 score (92-99).

Hastings' Sara Wissing beat out first-round leader Terrin Wells of Sidney on the final hole to win her school's first individual girls golf title.

Wissing's 36-hole total of 164 was one ahead of Wells. Scottsbluff won its second team title in four years, finishing with a 728, 10 strokes better than runners-up Beatrice and Hastings.

"It's pretty cool (to win a title) with this group of kids," Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said. "Our two seniors led us and our sophomores improved unbelievably since last year. I'm just proud of them."

Omaha Marian's Mary Narzisi repeated as individual champion and the Crusaders as team champions in the Class A girls state golf tournament on Tuesday at Indianhead Golf Club.

Narzisi defended her individual championship by shooting a 78 for a two-round total of 153, beating Grand Island's Abby Bartlett by six strokes.

"Mary has worked all year really hard," Marian coach Faye Ford said. "Her goal was to come out and repeat. She had some pressure on her. She had some college coaches out here yesterday and today looking at her, and that has to put a little pressure on you."

The Crusaders placed all five of their golfers in the top 14 to finish with a two-day title of 660, 45 strokes better than runner-up Grand Island.

In Class C at Jackrabbit Run, Minden claimed its fourth state title in the past five years despite having just one golfer earn a medal with a 14th-place finish. That was Lauren Gokie, who shot 92 and 89 for a 182 total.

"I didn't know if we'd have any individual medalists," Minden coach Steve Exstrom said. "Like I said after districts, this is a team, and the team concept in Minden comes first. All the individual accolades, the girls like them, but they couldn't care less if they get them or not because the team comes first."

Minden now owns a Class C record five state titles, previously winning in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Katie Keiser of Gothenburg shot a second-round 82 after opening Monday with an 81. Her 163 total was 4 shots ahead of Heather McCabe of Plainview and Candace Harless of Bridgeport.

"It was raining again, so I felt it was kind of to my advantage again because I guess I play well in the rain," Keiser said. "It rained a lot heavier today and toward the second nine, it got a lot colder and the ball wouldn't fly as far, so you had to take an extra club."

Nebraska Girls State

Golf Tournament

By The Associated Press



At Grand Island Indianhead

Mary Narzisi, Omaha Marian 77-78-155

Abby Bartlett, Grand Island 81-78-159

Anna Christenson, Lincoln East 84-78-162

Michelle Determan, Lincoln Pius X 79-84-163

Kayla Knopik, Papillion-La Vista 89-76-165

Monica Tesi, Omaha Marian 85-80-165

Danielle Suponchick, Papillion-La Vista 78-88-166

Kylie Smith, Omaha Marian 87-80-167

Armana Christianson, Millard North 82-87-169

Heidi Renter, Fremont 82-88-170

Mary Kersenbrock, Omaha Marian 90-83-173

Nicole Mooberry, Norfolk 83-90-173

Stephanie Brady, Lincoln Southeast 88-86-174

Dianne Narzinski, Omaha Marian 90-85-175

Haley Peterson, Norfolk 88-90-178


At Grand Island Riverside

Sara Wissing, Hastings 84-80-164

Terrin Wells, Sidney 81-84-165

Roxanne Haslam, Scottsbluff 88-82-170

Taylor Lineweber, Beatrice 90-81-171

Robyn Johnson, Aurora 87-87-174

McKenzie O'Connell, Sidney 92-83-175

Rebecca Pollock, Omaha Skutt 92-84-176

Whitney Saalfeld, Columbus Lakeview 84-93-177

Chloe Emerson, Beatrice 91-87-178

Jordan Estrada, Sidney 95-85-180

Cari Hawk, Gretna 95-87-182

Justine Hager, McCook 93-89-182

Kaitlyn Troske, Waverly 91-91-182

Heidi Dammast, Nebraska City 85-97-182

Alice Welch, Hastings 94-89-183


At Grand Island Jackrabbit Run

Katie Keiser, Gothenburg 81-82-163

Heather McCabe, Plainview 89-78-167

Candace Harless, Bridgeport 84-83-167

Samantha Nielsen, Superior 84-85-169

Dana Merkel, Crofton 89-86-175

Lindsey Colburn, Adams Central 84-91-175

Traci Sueper, Humphrey St. Francis 82-93-175

Allison Rowden, Broken Bow 89-89-178

Jordan Schaardt, Humboldt-TRS/SEC 88-90-178

Emily Carlson, Perkins County 90-89-179

Alana Carder, Boone Central 88-91-179

Danielle Kuchar, Battle Creek 88-91-179

Kelsey Dredge, Valentine 88-91-179

Allison Merkel, Hartington CC 92-89-181

Lauren Gokie, Minden 92-89-181

Thea Baum, Norfolk Catholic 90-91-181

CLASS A TEAM SCORING: Omaha Marian 660, Grand Island 705, Norfolk 720, Millard North 721, Fremont 725, Lincoln East 730, Lincoln Pius X 758, Lincoln Southeast 786, Papillion-La Vista 788, Bellevue East 804, Elkhorn 826, Millard West 861.

CLASS B TEAM SCORING: Scottsbluff 728, Beatrice 737, Hastings 737, Sidney 748, Omaha Skutt 755, Columbus Lakeview 780, Aurora 794, Gretna 795, Waverly 836, Omaha Duchesne 854, Lexington 855, Nebraska City 895.

CLASS C TEAM SCORING: Minden 746, Gothenburg 758, Boone Central 763, Valentine 764, Norfolk Catholic 780, Humphrey St. Francis 788, Perkins County 817, Bridgeport 822, Broken Bow 824, Lincoln Lutheran 831, Hartington Cedar Catholic 835, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 855, Tri County 860, Hartington 864, Adams Central 875.

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