NORFOLK— The Kearney High School golf coach was one of the first to have his team score posted Wednesday at the Nebraska High School Class A Boys State Championships at Norfolk and, by comparison to recent scores, it didn’t look good.
But as other teams came in, Kearney’s 334 score looked better and better and the Bearcats finished tied for fifth, their best finish since 2000.
“After 18, I was wondering where we might be closer to 10th,” Kearney coach Ryan Waters said. “While I thought we could do better, as the other teams came in, their scores were higher, too.”
Creighton Prep won the team title with a four-player, 18-hole score of 313. Lincoln Southwest was second with a 315. Norfolk shot a 322 for third while Lincoln Pius X was fourth at 333, only one stroke ahead of Kearney and Omaha Westside.
For the Bearcats, Cole Feddersen and Jake Ellis tied for the low score with 80s. Preston Skeen posted an 83, while Trevor Kroenke shot a 91. Maguire Widdowson posted a 92.
Ellis and Feddersen tied for 14th. Skeen tied for 27th.
Ellis was the lone senior competing for the Bearcats at the state meet.
Going for a record third Class A golf title put Norfolk’s Luke Kluver under stress like he said he hadn’t experienced.
His future college coach said he liked how Kluver handled himself while shooting a 2-over 74 Wednesday at Norfolk Country Club to win by a stroke over Jake Boor of team champion Omaha Creighton Prep.
Kluver, who missed the career slam with a second-place finish as a sophomore joins three other four three-time champions in other classes — Kevin Slocum of Franklin (sand greens, 1973-75), Jeff Erwin, O’Neill (B, 1975-77), Jason Peterson of Oakland -Craig (C, 1987-89) and Trevor Kosch of Humphrey St. Francis (D, 2014, 2016-17).