By Jan Rahn
Challenging the Perkins County golfers last week were meets at Sidney (Aug. 23) and at Bayard (Aug. 25).
The Perkins County girls competed in a field of seven teams at Bayard on Aug. 25, a hot day that made it tough to stay hydrated.
Janet Kuskie scored 110 for sixth place and a medal individually.
“It was fantastic that Janet earned sixth place today,” said Coach Troy Kemling. “She had trouble getting off the tee box today, but she didn’t let it get her down.
Perkins County’s score of 554 put them in seventh place behind Bridgeport, Kimball, Mitchell, Bayard, Gering JV and Gordon-Rushville.
Kemling said Kuskie lost about 15 strokes from topping the ball but dropped her score once she figured it out.
The girls were challenged by the dense rough which grabbed at the hosel during their swings, said Kemling.
Team member Shania Stickley was unable to compete due to a sprained ankle.
Gering JV 535
Perkins Co 554
J. Pilkington, Bay 91
K. Bayne, Mitch 98
J. Huck, Bridge 103
K. Hernandez, Bridge 105
B. Hager, Kim 107
J. Kuskie, PC 110
T. Harding, Bridge 112
M. Schmunk, Bridge 112
S. Lightfritz, GC 114
H. Sauer, Bay 114
Other PC Golfers
C. Johnson 142 (69-73)
H. Sletten 148 (70-78)
C. Meyer 154 (79-75)
The girls attended the Sidney Invite Aug. 23 where they faced some stiff competition, placing ninth with a score of 502.
“This is always a tough field for us, probably the most difficult all year long,” said Coach Troy Kemling. “I thought the girls played well for their first meet of the season.”
Despite encountering a rattlesnake, senior Janet Kuskie scored well (105 49-56). Kemling said she felt good about her play, realizing her score will improve as the season progresses.
Carra Johnson had a solid nice front nine and was excited over her improvement from last year.
Kemling said Hailey Sletten competed for the first time on a difficult course and hit several good quality shots.
“We still need to improve on our short game,” said Kemling.
He said the girls need to eliminate the three-four putts if they hope to lower their scores.
“Of course, the difficulty of these greens did not help us today,” said Kemling.
Dundy Co. Stratton 458
Perkins Co 502
K. Krzyzanowski, Ger 81
M. Vetrosky, McC 82
R. Petick, Sid 88
M. Mestl, Og 89
K. Samway, McC 90
A. Pilkington, Scott 93
K. Haynes, Chad 93
M. Rokusek, McC 94
A. Shrewsbury, Allia 94
T. Hansen, McC 96
J. Kuskie 105 (49-56)
C. Johnson 125 (56-69)
H. Sletten 134 (62-72)
S. Stickley 138 (68-70)
C. Meyer 154 (76-78)
The girls compete Thursday, Sept. 1 (today) at Creek Valley High School in Chappell.
They face Hershey for a dual on Tuesday, Sept. 6.