Boone Central overcame all obstacles Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the 2009 Nebraska Class C State Golf Tournament – miserable weather, state tourney inexperience, defending champion Kearney Catholic – and won the school’s first-ever girls golf state championship.
It was a dramatic finish to a stunning season by the Cardinals, who had trouble even fielding a full team in 2008.
Boone Central finished with a 363 score over the 18-hole Riverside Country Club course in Grand Island, well ahead of Kearney Catholic (376) and Grand Island Central Catholic (382).
The state tournament was shortened to one day and 18 holes by the Nebraska School Activities Association when snow still covered parts of the course Monday.
“I felt it might be a benefit to our girls when it was moved to a one-day tournament,” Cardinal Coach Jesse Brodersen commented. “With a young team, if they would have shot a score like this and then had to play a second day, that’s when nerves would have set in.”
As it was the youthful Cardinals were as cool as the mid-30’s weather that included periods of rain and sleet. “I told them beforehand that it’s the end of the year and everyone is playing in the same conditions,” Brodersen said. “It was going to be a tough six-hour grind. They had to stay focused and play the golf course.
“The girls shot lights out!”
Brooke Bolin once again led the way with a sensational round of 78, finishing as the individual runner-up to two-time champion Danielle Lemek of Doniphan-Trumbull by just three strokes.
The remainder of Boone Central’s top trio also responded to the call. Britany Seda fired an 85 to place sixth and Amy Ahlers medaled at 11th with an 87.
The key to the day just might have been the 113 turned in by a determined Kayla Kettelson, however. After some trouble on the front nine holes, the senior came back on the second (and what is considered more-difficult) nine to improve by six strokes and post one of her better scores of the season.
“I was pretty confident our top three could shoot 250 – and they hit that right on the nose,” Broderson noted. “Kayla’s score was really big, especially the way she rebounded on the back side.”
Breann Thorberg also improved over the second nine holes and posted a 126 total.
“I knew we had a good team, but I didn’t think they knew how good they are,” Brodersen concluded. “They did a great job.”
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