Sam Meuret, Rylee Reinertson and Mitchell Klooz have been battling each other on the links for years.
Junior golf, Class C high school events and national tournaments.
Last spring, they finished 1-2-3 at state.
On Wednesday, all three won, signing Division I letters of intent to play golf.
Plainview's Meuret signed with Iowa, Gibbon's Reinertson with Oklahoma and Laurel's Klooz with Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
“It's something kind of neat. I don't think it's happened too many times for three of them from Class C,” said Klooz's dad, Randy, the superintendent at Laurel-Concord.
Meuret, the winner at state in May, and the younger Klooz, who won as a freshman and sophomore, played together until after their sophomore year at Plainview, when Randy Klooz's job took him to Laurel.
Reinertson remembers playing against them at junior events when he was in fourth or fifth grade.
Although they didn't always talk much when they were competing against each other, they knew they all wanted to play for a good college.
“I didn't know if all three were lucky enough to make it in D-I,” Reinertson said. “It turned out that way, and that's pretty cool.”
Reinertson, who has a 3.97 GPA, has known since his sophomore year he was going to play for the Sooners. That's when he made a visit and fell in love with the program and facilities. He can't wait to play at a place where he doesn't have to contend with snow as often.
That's helped him withstand the questions about how he could play at OU, a former Nebraska rival.
“Both my brothers went to Nebraska and I wanted to get away from them,” Reinertson said. “I wanted to go my own way.”
Stanford was high up there, too, as well as Texas and Nebraska. There also was interest from Ohio State.
Randy Klooz said his son, a 4.0 student who has worked with former pro golfer Tom Sieckmann, wanted to play for a Christian college with a good program. He also visited Stanford, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.
“He got the best of both worlds — a Christian college, plus they are going to be very competitive,” the older Klooz said.
Meuret has attended an IJGA Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., the past two fall semesters. Besides Iowa, he visited Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas and Coastal Carolina.
Meuret, who has a 3.96 GPA, said Iowa felt like the right fit.
“I felt really comfortable on their campus and with their coaches,” he said.
Meuret said it's been great to compete against Reinertson and Klooz. He couldn't say who was the best of the three.
“It probably depends on the day,” he said. “We've all kind of beat up on each other.”