Boone Central was not able to add to its state title three-peat last week, but Cardinal golfers did bring home a pair of medals from the 2012 Nebraska Class C Girls Golf State Tournament at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.
Cardinal standout Amy Ahlers, attempting to complete an undefeated senior season at Columbus, finished in a third-place tie individually after a difficult opening-day round.
Ahlers carded an 88 on the tough Quail Run 18-hole layout Monday, Oct. 9, struggling at times with her short game.
“She shot way above where she should have been – I really figured she’d shoot about an 80,” Boone Central Coach Dennis Walters told reporters. “Her short game was just not good.”
Ahlers bounced back with a solid 83 Tuesday, but while she made a move up the leaderboard, there was too much ground to make up.
“I left a lot of shots out there,” she commented following the tournament. “I was really hoping to do a lot better.
“It’s fun to look back at all we’ve accomplished and what we’ve done as a team and individually, but I wish I would have finished on a better note and not left so many shots out there.”
Ahlers was not the only Boone Central highlight in 2012 state competition, as sophomore teammate Melissa Kyncl earned her initial state medal.
Kyncl, who formed a lethal 1-2 punch with her senior teammate all season and kept Boone Central at or near the top of tournaments, opened with a 96 Monday and added a 95 Tuesday to finish in a tie for 14th place.
As has been the case throughout the campaign, steady was the word to describe Kyncl’s play at Quail Run. After a 50 on the front nine opening day, she closed with a 46, then went out in 47 on day two and finished with a 48 on the final nine.
Boone Central saw its string of team championships end, with Grand Island Central Catholic – who twice had suffered state heartbreak at the hands of the Cardinals – claiming the 2012 crown.
BC finished in seventh place with a 836 team total. Rounding out scoring for the Cardinals were junior Jessica Tisthammer (115/115-230) and freshman Kyley Sorell (126/118-244). Junior Paige Krohn (138/137-275) was BC’s fifth golfer in the tournament.
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