OAKLAND — Andrew Holloway captured a runner-up finish at the 45th Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship on Thursday at Oakland Golf Club.
Holloway finished the three-day tournament with a 54-hole total of 217. He ended just three strokes behind tournament champion Sam Meuret, of Brunswick, who won with a 2-under-par 214.
“It was a good tournament. I played pretty well,” Holloway said. “I missed a couple putts coming in, but Sam Meuret played really well. That was a good score.”
Holloway, a 2013 Scottsbluff High School graduate, entered Thursday's final round in a three-way tie for first after carding a 1-under 71 on Wednesday. He opened the tournament with an even-par 72 on Tuesday. Holloway sank five birdies in each of his first two rounds of play.
“I probably hit it the best [Wednesday],” he said. “The first day I putted by far the best. Today I hit it decent, but I just didn't make as many putts as I did the first two days.”
Hot and windy conditions made play in the final round the most difficult. Meuret was the only player to break par Thursday.
In his final 18-hole round, Holloway finished with two birdies, 12 pars and four bogeys.
The runner-up finish was the highest of his career competing in the state's biggest junior tournament.
“It's a big tournament for Nebraska golf,” said Holloway, who will continue his golfing career at Creighton University. “This one and the men's amateur are probably the biggest.”
Holloway's next action will be at the Nebraska Amateur Championship July 29-Aug. 1 at Nebraska City's ArborLinks. Wahoo's Greg Sohl is the defending champion. He claimed the title last year at the Scotts Bluff Country Club.
Scottsbluff's Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski used a strong final round to earn a seventh-place finish at the Nebraska Girls Amateur Championship that wrapped up on Wednesday at Oakland Golf Club.
Krzyzanowski, who will golf at the University of South Dakota, finished the two-day event with a 161. After opening with an 86, Krzyzanowski rebounded with a 78 in the final round, which included two birdies and an eagle.
Wahoo's Haley Thiele won the championship with a final tally of 148. Omaha's Sarah Jo Pravecek finished runner-up with a 152 and Albion's Amy Ahlers was third with a 153.