LINCOLN — Back-to-back state titles were milestones Wednesday for Omaha Creighton Prep and the Junior Jays’ Carson Schaake.
Prep won its ninth Class A boys golf championship, but it was the school’s first time for consecutive titles. Schaake became the first repeat individual champion in Class A since Charlie Borner of Lincoln High in 1963 and 1964.
“I knew it was a long time ago,” Schaake said.
His playoff win over junior teammate Ben Maschka was part of a 1-2-3 finish for Prep, with all five of its golfers no worse than a tie for seventh. Both feats by the Junior Jays are believed to be firsts in Class A since the tournament went to 36 holes in 1996. McCook won Class B in 1996 with a 1-2-3 finish.
Alex Pieper tied for third, Andrew Hansen tied for fifth and first-day co-leader Stephen Pfeffer tied for seventh.
Prep is the first team to shoot par or better for 36 holes in a state tournament. The Junior Jays followed Tuesday’s 1-under 283 with a 1-over 285 as they finished with a 19-stroke margin over runner-up Lincoln Pius X.
“What can you say about a team like this?” Prep coach Morgan Helton said. “The goal all season was to focus and to finish. These guys will compete all the time.”
Schaake, an Iowa recruit who shot 70 Wednesday, watched Maschka sink a 10-footer for birdie on the 18th hole to force the playoff. Schaake two-putted the playoff hole for a birdie.
He also went to a playoff for his first title, beating Mitch Ryan of Millard North in 2012.
“I was way more comfortable than when I went up against Mitch,” Schaake said. “Ben showed a lot by making that 10-footer. I knew he was going to make it.”
Maschka, a left-hander, had rounds of 70 and 71. He was the only non-senior in the Prep lineup.
Pfeffer, who opened with a 69, couldn’t overcome a nine on the third hole Wednesday that contributed to his shooting a 7-over 43 on the front nine.
Cole Stenger of Bellevue West, who also had a first-round 69, was still at even par with eight holes left but went bogey, triple bogey, bogey and wound up with a 79.
Pius X had been only six strokes behind the Junior Jays after the first round, but didn’t get a score Wednesday lower than a 73 to thwart their title bid.
Schaake won every tournament he entered this spring except the Capitol City Invitational at Pioneers. He came back to prevail at his last four events, including the Metro Conference and district meets.
“I can’t think of anyone who’s had a season like his,” Helton said. “He’s done so much to shape the culture of our program. You don’t have competitors like him come around often.”
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