After finishing 5th at the Lexington Invite the day before, the Minden girls’ golf team loaded up the vans early Saturday morning heading east to Aurora. Poco Creek GC in Aurora served as the site for the 2011 Aurora Invitational Golf Tournament. The weather was perfect and it looked like it could be a great day to score. Columbus Scotus won the team portion of the meet, shooting a 413. Aurora claimed runner-up honors with a score of 426, edging out Holdrege. Minden finished in 4th place shooting 429.
Individually, Minden placed three players in the top 15. Allie Geist recorded the team’s low individual round for the second straight meet shooting 99, good enough for the 6th place medal. Elizabeth Grams carded a 102 and placed 9th overall. Freshman Ashton Boldt earned her first career medal, placing 11th while firing a 104 for the meet. Jessica Rehtus shot a 124 and Amy Nielsen came in with a 139 to round out the Whippet scoring.
“We realistically had a very good chance at 2nd today, and if we could have duplicated our Lexington score we could have won the meet.” Coach Exstrom said, “As I watched the play, I could see numerous ways that we could have saved strokes. I believe this team can score if everyone is on their game. We continue to have to understand short game decisions, but we also ran into rules problems, and specialty shot problems that will need to be addressed in practice. The game of golf is simple to play but there are a lot of intangibles that come into play. That’s where experience pays off. We are getting better every week and we have our home invite to look forward to. I think that we can challenge for the bigger meets coming up. We just have to continue to want to put in the time and effort to sharpen each aspect of the game.
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