Cedar Catholic wins Mid-State golf title
BEEMER — After finishing third a year ago at the Mid-State Conference Golf Tournament, the Hartington Cedar Catholic Trojans were determined to bring the title home this year.
The Trojans shot a 345 to finish seven strokes ahead of O’Neill and win Saturday’s conference tournament here at Indian Trails Country Club.
“It was something that we wanted real bad going into this year,” said Hartington Cedar Catholic coach Mike Johnson. “Last year, we felt like we didn’t play very well at conference and we wanted to play better today than we did last year. We did, so it’s great to win the conference championship again.”
HCC had three of the top seven golfers at Saturday, including overall medalist Capp Bengston, who carded a 79 to win the individual crown.
“Capp played just solid golf all day today,” Johnson said. “He just putted well, he chipped well and he was very good off the tee box. (He) just kept himself out of trouble and made his pars.”
Bengston was excited to win both the individual title and the team title as well.
“It feels great,” Bengston said. “Overall, I’m just happy the team won, but it was good that I could go out there and put a good score up. That feels good.”
Trojan junior Matthew Schaefer, last year’s overall medalist, shot an 81 to finish third as O’Neill’s Josh Cuddy won a tiebreaker for second. Ty Heimes of Battle Creek shot an 82 to finish fourth, while teammate Devon Beckman shot an 84 and won fifth place via tiebreaker.
“The course played tough,” Johnson said. “The greens here are really tough. They’re hard to read — you’ll think it’s going to break one way and it breaks the opposite way. There are some holes you think you’re putting uphill, but you’re actually putting downhill.”
Bengston echoed his coach’s sentiments on how tough the course played Saturday.
“It played pretty difficult,” Bengston said. “A lot of putts were slippery. I had a few three-putts that turned into bogeys, but so did everybody else on the course.”
Battle Creek shot a 353 and finished third, one stroke behind O’Neill. Guardian Angels Central Catholic took fourth with a 362 and Norfolk Catholic carded a 367 for fifth.
“I think we hit the ball pretty well today,” Norfolk Catholic coach Dusty Korth said. “I just think we on the greens, which Beemer’s greens are a little bit different. If you haven’t played them before, it’s really hard to maybe know how they break — and which way’s a downhill putt and which way’s an uphill putt. I just think we needed to putt better today (to) really have a chance to get in the top three.”
Jarrett Cerny finished ninth overall with an 86 to pace Norfolk Catholic, while Drew Pospisil shot a 92. Eric Anderson scored 94, Trey Colton carded a 95 and Jack Marsden shot a 97 to round out the scoring for the Knights.
“Jarrett, I think, came out and played a pretty steady round of golf,” Korth said. “He didn’t let anything bother him too bad if he did have a three-putt out there. He’s pretty consistent. He hits it down the fairway pretty well and he’s pretty good with his irons. If he’s hitting the ball pretty well, he can score.”
MID-STATE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
at Indian Trails Golf Course in Beemer
Team scores: 1. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 345; 2. O’Neill, 352; 3. Battle Creek, 353; 4. Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 362; 5. Norfolk Catholic, 367; 6. Pierce, 389; 7. Wayne, 409; 8. Crofton, 420; 9. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 421.
Individual scores: 1. Capp Bengston, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 79; 2. Josh Cuddy, O’Neill, 81. 3. Matthew Schaefer, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 81; 4. Ty Heimes, Battle Creek, 82; 5. Devon Beckman, Battle Creek, 84; 6. Dysen Roth, Pierce, 84; 7. Kelby Schommer, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 85; 8. Hannah Hunke, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 85; 9. Jarrett Cerny, Norfolk Catholic, 86; 10. Colby Drueke, O’Neill, 87; 11. Damien Birchem, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 88; 12. (tie) Cole Gaughenbaugh, O’Neill, 90; 12. (tie) Caydon McCracken, Battle Creek, 90; 14. (tie) Conner Dahl, Crofton, 92; 14. (tie) Andrew Franzluebbers, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 92; 14. (tie) Drew Pospisil, Norfolk Catholic, 92.