So many superlatives are connected with Nia Station’s Metro Conference girls golf championship.
First freshman to win in 16 years. First playoff winner in 22 years. First winner from Omaha Burke in 26 years.
And the first in tournament history to put a tee shot on the par-4 18th hole at Elmwood Park in the greenside bunker.
Yes, the daughter of College Football Hall of Fame linebacker Larry Station unleashed a 250-yard drive Tuesday in her playoff against another freshman, Katie Kares of Millard North.
“That drive was a little farther than all the rest. I’ve never been in that sand on my drive there,” Nia said.
She won the playoff with a bogey 5 — her par putt lipped out. Kares made an 8 after her tee shot was lost in the trees right of the fairway.
Papillion-La Vista won its first Metro team title by 12 strokes.
On a postcard-perfect fall day, Station and Kares shot 11-over-par 79s. Station had two birdies, including a two-putt for a 3 on the 234-yard 11th hole. Kares had one birdie, on the par-4 16th, and said she hit flagsticks three times during her round.
Kares said Station’s booming drive in the playoff didn’t unnerve her.
“I’ve played against her before. I wasn’t very nervous,” she said. “I was thinking before I hit, ‘I hope my drive doesn’t go in the trees.’ ”
Kares comes to high school golf with the experience of playing in several U.S. Kids Golf national and international events, once playing in Scotland.
Station said she, like her older sister and younger brother, started in golf at age 4 but is the only one to stick it out into high school.
While their father was a youth champion in tennis, he said Tuesday he wanted them to get the exposure to golf he never really has gotten himself.
Larry Station said he’ll go along with his kids, hit a few long drives and then start hitting shots that make Nia laugh.
A three-time winner this season, she is the first freshman Metro champion since Abby Meyer of Millard South in 1997, the first to win in a playoff since Molly Hallett of Omaha Westside in 1991 and the first champion from Burke since Regina Korinek in 1987.
“To do this as a freshman, there’s three more years ahead of me,” Station said. “It took a lot to get here.”
Papillion-La Vista was led by Katie Irvin, who was fourth with an 81, and Natalie Wilson, seventh at 83. Second to the Monarchs, who shot a four-golfer score of 341, was Millard North at 353.
Team scoring: Papillion-La Vista 341, Millard North 353, Omaha Burke 358, Millard West 358, Omaha Marian 360, Bellevue East 365, Omaha Westside 391, Bellevue West 392, Omaha Central 407, Millard South 411, Papillion-La Vista South 420, Omaha North 471, Omaha Northwest 473, Omaha Bryan 499, Omaha Benson 531, Omaha South 531.
Individual leaders: 1, Nia Station, Burke, 79 (won playoff on first extra hole). 2, Katie Kares, Millard North, 79. 3, Makenzie Fuss, Marian, 80. 4, Katie Irvin, Papio, 81. 5, Miranda Keeler, Bellevue East, 81. 6, Jordyn Wendlandt, Millard South, 83. 7, Natalie Wilson, Papio, 83. 8, Tiffanie Yabut, Burke, 85. 9, Taylor Carnazzo, Millard West, 86. 10, Katelyn Strudthoff, Millard West, 86.