HASTINGS – A few days ago the front nine at Southern Hills probably looked more like TPC Sawgrass with all the water. Nearly seven inches of rain fell on the 5195 yard women's layout.
Because of the rain and wet grounds, only practice rounds for the Class B-3 District golfers were allowed on the back nine.
That didn't bother York freshman Sam Redfern.
With a field of 37 golfers competing from eight teams, Redfern fired a 92 (42-50) to take top individual honors and assured herself a spot in Monday's Class B State Tournament field at Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln.
“York finished fifth at district golf today at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hastings. Sam Redfern had an impressive day of golf; winning the district championship. Her ball-striking was solid all day long and I loved her tempo. Finally, all parts of her game came together on the same day and she took home the gold medal,” commented York head coach Josh Miller. “The last time a York Duke won the district title was in 2004 (Amanda Schnell). Catie (Bergen) had her best 18-hole round of the season which started out with a 49 on the back nine. She came up one shot short of qualifying for state, but I was very proud of her focus today. Whitney (Staehr) and Camryn (Wiens) got great experience under pressure today in their first district tournament. Callie (Rathjen) was not on her game today, but she fought hard on the back nine to finish with a score in the 50s. Callie really improved as a leader this season and helped her team get better each time out. I also want to thank Cori Bolte and Payton Fernau for their dedication to the golf program. We had an inexperienced group this year, but they kept improving and stayed true to our York Golf expectations.”
As a team the York girls shot a 455, short of the final team qualifying score of 415 posted by the Aurora Huskies. The 455 landed the Duke girls in fifth place overall.
The team champions was Adams Central at 402 and second was Holdrege with a stroke total of 412.
In second place in the individual scoring was Brenna Glaus of Holdrege with a 93 and third went to Adams Central's Mari Sayer also with a 93.
Grand Island Northwest sophomore Emily Jeffers was fourth with a 98 and rounding out the top five individual scoring was Amy Morris of Aurora with a 98.
York's scoring rounded out as follows: Bergen 105 (56-49), Rathjen 125 (67-58), Wiens 133 (62-71) and Staehr 134 (67-67).
Final Team Scoring – Adams Central 402, Holdrege 412, Aurora 415, Northwest 421, York 455, Seward 475, Broken Bow 480, Schuyler N/A.