CHADRON — With a state and two district championships on his resume, not many tournament titles have eluded Scottsbluff senior Andrew Holloway throughout his illustrious prep golfing career.
One, however, included a top finish at Western Conference.
Holloway was able to check that off with authority by ending on top of the Western Conference Tournament on Friday at Ridgeview Country Club in Chadron.
Holloway shot a season low 71 to win his second title of the season and help lead the Bearcats to a first-place finish in the team standings with a 314.
“Winning any tournament is always fun,” Holloway said. “I drove the ball really well. I hit most of the fairways and I think I hit the most greens I've hit all year. The greens were really slow and sandy, so I didn't putt that well. It felt good to win.”
Holloway, who's also shot scores of 72, 74, and 76 this spring, put together another consistent round to prevail Friday. He finished with 13 pars, three birdies, and two bogeys. Two of his three birdies came on par 5s.
For it being just the fourth time he's played the Chadron course, Holloway said it suited his game pretty nicely.
“It seemed pretty easy,” said Holloway, whose career low is a 66. “You get to play every hole twice, so I just take notes the first time I play them and try to do better the next time around. It's a short course. If you can get the ball in the fairway, it usually sets up for a short iron or wedge into the green. It wasn't too bad.”
Just like on Thursday in Gothenburg, Scottsbluff put all five of its golfers in the top 10.
Curtis Welsh placed third with an 81, Koy Pothoff was fourth with an 81, Michael Hadden finished fifth with an 81, and Jonah Wright ended sixth with an 83.
The team title won by the Bearcats was their fourth in a row. It marked the second time this season that Scottsbluff won a tournament with a winning score of 314.
“That score's fine. It wasn't our best golf, but that score was fine,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Klein said. “Andrew played really good. He brought our score down pretty good and the rest of them were all around 80. That's fine.”
The Bearcats aren't scheduled to return to action until Friday at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Hastings. But because of the loss of two earlier tournaments due to weather, Klein is hoping to enter the Mitchell Invitational on Wednesday.
NOTE: The complete results of Friday's Western Conference Tournament or Chadron Invitational were not reported to the Star-Herald.