SIDNEY — For the seventh time in the last eight years, the Scottsbluff girls golf team claimed the championship of the Western Conference Tournament on Friday at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney.
All five Bearcats finished in medalist contention as Scottsbluff shot a 356 to win by 31 shots over second-place Sidney. Gering ended third with a 401.
“Winning conference is always a goal and it was nice to accomplish that,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said. “The score’s not where we want it to be yet, but the only place we’ve played is Sidney and obviously we don’t play very well there. We’ll see how we do when we go play Cheyenne next week.”
Gering junior Sam Rahmig captured the individual championship with a career-low round of 83. The win was Rahmig’s first of her prep career.
“It’s really exciting for me because it’s my first win since I started golfing,” Rahmig said. “It’s something special. Western Conference is one of the bigger tournaments and it feels good to be able to win.”
Rahmig, who finished fourth at the season-opening Sidney Invitational on Tuesday, ended on top Friday by two strokes over runner-up Jordan York of Scottsbluff. York shot her second straight 85 to start the season. Mitchell’s Emily Snyder followed in third with an 89.
Rahmig finished her winning round in style with a birdie on her final hole.
“I birdied my last hole and that was something I needed to do,” she said. “I started out kind of rough, but I came through better after that.”
York led Scottsbluff’s medalist contingent. Kim Moore was next in line in fourth with a 90, JaLee Pilkington finished fifth with a 90, Megan Pilkington was sixth with a 91, and Hannah Holloway placed seventh with a 95.
“That was cool,” Klein said of all five of the Bearcats medaling. “Hannah snuck in there and got one.”
Rounding out the top 10 were Sidney’s Karson Langley in eighth with a 95, Sidney’s Rachel Petik in ninth with a 96, and Sidney’s Katelin Cole in 10th with a 97.
Because of the hot temperatures for the second straight tournament, the field used golf carts and started an hour early. The use of the carts was met with a mixed response.
“I know a couple of my girls didn’t like it because they’re just not used to that. Kim pulled her clubs off the cart and walked the back nine,” Klein said. “It was a good gesture and it was smart to do after it being so hot Tuesday. We wanted to do what we could to get it in and make sure nobody got hurt.”
Scottsbluff will return to action at the Cheyenne Invite at Airport Golf Club. The tournament will be contested over two days on Thursday and Friday.
Gering and Sidney will both be in action next at the North Platte Invite on Friday.
Team Scoring: 1, Scottsbluff, 356. 2, Sidney, 387. 3, Gering, 401.
Individual Top 10
1, Sam Rahmig, Gering, 83. 2, Jordan York, Scottsbluff, 85. 3, Emily Snyder, Mitchell, 89. 4, Kim Moore, Scottsbluff, 90. 5, JaLee Pilkington, Scottsbluff, 90. 6, Megan Pilkington, Scottsbluff, 91. 7, Hannah Holloway, Scottsbluff, 95. 8, Karson Langley, Sidney, 95. 9, Rachel Petik, Sidney, 96. 10, Katelin Cole, Sidney, 97.
Individual Team Scoring
Chadron — Kortney Hageman, 115; Haleigh Shuck, 115; Cali Crile, 102. Gering — Sam Rahmig, 83; Amber Fertig, 100; Jasie Beam, 98; Kaitlyn Wagoner, 120. Mitchell — Emily Snyder, 89; Myranda Musfelt, 118. Scottsbluff — Kim Moore, 90; Jordan York, 85; Megan Pilkington, 91; JaLee Pilkington, 90; Hannah Holloway, 95. Sidney — Rachel Petik, 96; Karson Langley, 95; Jessica Campbell, 99; Katelin Cole, 97; Megan Neal, 107.
Junior Varsity Individual Top 5
1, Rachael Blauert, Sidney, 94. 2, Theda Parker, Sidney, 110. 3, Taylor Parsons, Sidney, 112. 4, Jocelyn Bruner, Scottsbluff, 128. 5, Brooke Roes, Chadron, 154.