In normal conditions, Lake Maloney Golf Course can be a challenge. Currently, the course is dry, the greens very firm and extremely fast.
North Platte defeated McCook by 10 strokes, 155-165, in a nine-hole dual on Tuesday, with McCook having a different team than the one that participated in the opening North Platte Invite.
“McCook’s top three players didn’t play in the invite,” said North Platte head coach Jim Orcutt.
“So, it was the opening varsity competition for those three and we weren’t sure coming in.
“McCook is a good team.”
In varsity action in the dual, the teams played six golfers with the top four counting towards the team score. North Platte’s Cameron Bargell took individual honors with a 36, followed by teammate Braedon Nielsen with a 37. The Bulldogs other two scorers were Matt Schartz with a 40 and Keaton Hope with a 42. The two varsity players who scores didn’t count to the team total were Troy Hlavaty with 51 and David Elsten with 52.
McCook’s varsity scores were Sean Backer with a 38, Noah Hofman with 41, Mack Alspaugh with 42 and James Mitnik with 44. Riley Loop also shot 44 and David Durner shot 49.
“I was happy with how we played,” Orcutt said. “I’m sure that was a low round for Braedon in competition. He really played well.”
In the junior varsity, North Platte lost 289 to 296. In JV, eight golfers played with six counting towards the team score.
Grayson Flanders led all golfers in the junior varsity, shooting a 38. Other North Platte scores were Chris Smith with a 48, Tyler Johnson with 50, Austin Golter with 52, Andrew Smith and Justin Rimpley each with 54, Dylan Grachek with 61 and Simon Lindley with 62.
Mason Sis led McCook’s JV with a 43. Other McCook scores were Gavin Harsh and Fankie Williams each with 48, Ben Skiles with 49, Taylor Williams with 50, Zack Strecker with 51, Darius Bolle with 52 and Sean Tolliver with 74.
“Grayson played well again,” Orcutt said of Flanders. “We’ll move him up to varsity and see how he does.”
Orcutt, trying to add something extra to the event, also played a best-ball event with his pairings. North Platte won the varsity best ball 115-118, with Bargell and Hope scoring 34, Schartz and Nielsen scoring 34 and Hlavaty and Elsten getting 47.
For McCook, Backer and Alspaugh shot 37, Hofman and Durner had 41 and Mitnik and Loop with a 40.
McCook won the JV best ball 180-183.
“I just wanted to do something different,” Orcutt said.
“Put something fun out there for the guys.”
North Platte will play in the Kearney Invite on Friday at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course.