COZAD, Neb. -- Ryann Lewis’ and Lexie Sines’ hard work paid off.
The Cambridge duo fired identical 18-hole scores of 99 to tie for 10th at Monday’s C-4 District Golf Meet at the Cozad Country Club.
By finishing in the top-10, both golfers qualified for next week’s Class C State Golf Meet at North Platte’s Lake Maloney Golf Course.
Both Lewis, a junior, and Sines, a sophomore, are just in their second year of golfing, according to Cambridge head coach Lyle Calvert. Despite being relatively new to the sport, the two have shown a commitment to getting better over the last two seasons.
“They’ve put in an unreal amount of time to try getting better,” Calvert said. “It (qualifying for the state meet) is a big tribute to the hard work and dedication they’ve put in.”
Trojan teammates Taylor Sayer and Maria Jauken were close to joining the two qualifiers. The Trojans fired a 403, which was one stroke off of third-place Kearney Catholic. The top-three teams in every district automatically qualify.
Individually, Sayer finished 13th with a score of 102, while Jauken was 14th with 103.
“That is a familiar course for us,” Calvert explained. “This is our third year of having districts here and it was in good shape Monday. We were very comfortable with playing there and I thought we performed very well.”
Calvert said there is a definite point of pride that the entire team can take in despite missing out on the cut as a team.
“The other girls are just as much a part of their (Lewis’ and Sines’) success. Everyone is excited and proud of them.”
Calvert has been pleased with how the girls golf team has developed since the program began four years ago.
“The performance of our team has elevated every year since we started. We’ve kept stressing hard work and integrity in trying to make yourself better, and that led to the girls being more competitive and taking ownership in what they were doing.”
With no senior on this year’s team, there’s also a sense that next year will be even bigger for the Trojan clubs.
“We just hope we can continue to grow so that maybe next year we can qualify as a team.”
Broken Bow won the C-4 meet with a score of 392, while Cozad was a close runner-up with 393.
Winning the meet was Cozad’s Abigail Cornelius, who shot an 83. Kearney Catholic’s Addison Mitchell was second with 85, while Gibbon’s Bailee Labs was third with 87.
1. Broken Bow, 392
2. Cozad, 393
3. Kearney Catholic, 402
4. Cambridge, 403
5. GICC, 433
6. Ravenna, 497
7. Doniphan-Trumbull, 515
8. Arcadia-Loup City, 517
1. Cornelius, Cozad, 83
2. Mitchell, KCHS, 85
3. Labs, Gibbon, 87
4. Johnson, Broken Bow, 89
5. Waggoner, KCHS, 90
t-6. Wooden, GICC, 94
t-6. Schroeder, Ravenna, 94
8. Jackson, Broken Bow, 96
9. Kryzsko, St. Cecilia, 97
t-10. Sines, Cambridge, 99
t-10. Lewis, Cambridge, 99