After opening the season last week with a dual win and a team-record 354 against St. Mary at the Table Creek Golf Course, the Peru State women’s golf team was undone by an illness during a two-day tournament in Lincoln.
Perfect weather and solid play from tee to green allowed the Bobcat shooters to top St. Mary by 28 strokes on the Table Creek course on Friday.
Jordan Schaardt (Humboldt) was the medalist and shot an 84. Other golfer’s scores figuring in on the total were Courtney Musgrave (Lincoln) 85, Katie Potter (Omaha) 87, and Ellen Larsen (Lincoln) 98. Jacey Stoner (Alda) also played and shot a 114.
Bobcat coach Brett Hahn was pleased with the win.
“We had perfect weather for the first competition of the spring season. The course was challenging with the high rough but the girls played great tee to green,” said Hahn. “They showed just how far we have come in a short amount of time. Jordan really came out and showed why she is the inaugural captain.
“Courtney hit the ball as well as she has since becoming a Bobcat and was just a few short putts away from medalist honors. Most impressive was Katie with her 87. She has really shown a lot of focus and determination this spring. I could not have asked for a better start to our spring season. Every girl has really made a conscious effort to work harder than we did in the fall and we are hoping for our scores to show it.”
Peru State then returned to the course on Sunday and Monday and ended up 11th in a 12-team field at the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Invite on the Mahoney and Holmes Golf Courses in Lincoln.
Musgrave finished as the team’s top golfer having rounds of 85 and 96 for a 181 total, good for 25th overall. Other Bobcat golfers with their scores and placing were: Potter, 92 and 94 for a 186 total, tied for 31st; Larsen, 93 and 97 for a 190 total, 38th; and Stoner, 112 and 110 for a 222 total, 63rd.
Schaardt came down with the stomach flu before the start of play and played the first 15 holes of the tourney before succumbing to the virus and exhaustion. Coach Hahn said he was extremely proud of Schaardt’s heart and desire to try to play through the illness.
Had Schaardt played, the Bobcats might have finished as high as sixth in the final standings.
The Bobcats will next be competing in the Avila University Spring Invite on Monday and Tuesday, April 9 and 10, in Kansas City, Mo.