Benton named golfer of the year.
Zac Albrecht of the Nebraska City boys’ golf team hit for an 89, just four strokes from qualifying for state as an individual, during district action on Monday at Tiburon Golf Course near Gretna.
As a team, the Pioneers finished eighth out of 11 teams with a score of 408.
Other individual numbers had Zach Benton hitting for 97, while Logan Martin shot 109, Tyler Collman hit 113; and Jakob Bennett had 118.
Looking at Albrecht’s round, Coach Scott Kinnison said the Pioneer got off to a bit of a rough start in shooting 49 on the front. The 10th place and final qualifying score at the turn was a 43, so Albrecht had his work cut out for him.
He didn’t back down and put himself back into the conversation for state by hitting for a 40 on the back.
“He made up some ground,” said Coach Kinnison. “He kept competing after the front nine. That was good to see.”
While shooting the second best round on the team, Benton frequently had chances to score but wasn’t able to cash in, making the final number a bit higher than it should have been.
Coach Kinnison said Benton hit the ball well but when chipping and putting, par chances ended up being bogies and bogies ended up being doubles.
A few strokes made a big difference at districts.
But overall, it should be noted, that Benton has been the steadiest player on the Pioneer roster, a fact that netted him the best average on the team and designation as the Premier Bank Boys’ Golfer of the Year.