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P-G, South Central win pre-regions

By JUSTIN RUST The Daily Republic Platte-Geddes and South Central flip-flopped positions at the pre-region golf meet Monday at Lakeview Golf Course. South Central claimed the girls' title with a team score of 298 -- which was 27 strokes better th...

Abby Safar
Platte-Geddes' Abby Safar hits an approach shot during the pre-region meet Monday at Lakeview Golf Course. (Justin Rust/Republic)

By JUSTIN RUST

The Daily Republic

Platte-Geddes and South Central flip-flopped positions at the pre-region golf meet Monday at Lakeview Golf Course.

South Central claimed the girls' title with a team score of 298 -- which was 27 strokes better than second-place Platte-Geddes.

But the Black Panthers edged South Central by six strokes to win the boys' title with a score of 265.

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Platte-Geddes also had to the top two finishers for the boys as Austin Plooster and Trey DeHaan both shot an 87. Plooster was the individual champion based on his lower final nine holes score.

Taylor Ashutz of Gregory won the individual girls' title after she carded a 93.

Golfers had to deal with soggy conditions after the course received nearly an inch of rain early Monday morning.

Platte-Geddes' coach Jody Gittings said the wet course probably added two strokes to everyone's score.

"Every has to play the course, and the course played long today because the ball didn't get any roll," he said.

The course will also host the boys' and girls' Region 4B meet at 10 a.m. Friday.

South Central coach Billie Jo Indahl said the extra water made the course a little more difficult.

"There was a lot of casual water; Mitchell must have had a lot of rain here," she said. "Finding spots to drop and playing in that casual water was an issue today, but hopefully by Friday it will dry up and the conditions will be better."

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The course's condition did not seem to slow the South Central girl's team from running away with the title, though.

Indahl said the girls have been consistent all year long, especially her top three -- Kristen Shanahan, Sydney Benter and Teresa Opbroek.

"They've been coming in just back-to-back-to-back in placings all year long," she said. "We just need to continue working on our short game around the green. We will continue working on that and hopefully come out on top for regions."

Shanahan finished in third place with a 97, Benter followed in fourth place with a 98 and Opbroek carded a 103 for fifth place.

The Platte-Geddes girls had four players finish in the top 15 at the meet. Joslin Nelson led the Black Panthers with a 108 and finished in sixth place. Abby Safar carded a 108 to finish in eighth place, Maggie Foxley finished in 10th place with a 109 and Mercedes Van Zee finished in 12th place with a 116.

Gittings said the girls did a real nice job and the team is hitting its stride heading to the region meet Friday.

"Hopefully we are coming into regions with a little momentum here," he said. "We have to come out and do it again Friday."

For the boys, Gittings said the team came together on Monday.

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"We have been golfing well all year, but we could never put together as a team at one time," he said. "Finally today, it kind of showed up."

After finishing fourth as a team at last year's Class B state meet and winning the Class B team title in 2009, Platte-Geddes had to work to replace a couple of spots on the roster as the Black Panthers lost Shay Nelson and Colby Plooster to graduation.

Last year, Nelson finished in a tie for fourth place and Colby Plooster finished in a tie for 23rd place.

DeHaan and Tate Van Zee are the other two golfers from last year's fourth-place team.

"These kids are younger and we lost a couple of top-notch kids," Gittings said. "Some of these kids don't have a lot of varsity experience, so it's just starting to show up. Today (Monday) has done nothing but help (their confidence)."

Despite winning the pre-region meet, Gittings was not ready to say his boys' team is the favorite at the region meet Friday.

"I wouldn't say there is a favorite right now," he said. "Golf is a funny game. It should give us some momentum, but South Central is tough, Kimball is tough and Dakota Christian and Corsica/Stickney have been right behind us all year, too."

Indahl is hoping her boys' team comes out on top Friday, and it has been a tight battle all year long with Kimball and Platte-Geddes.

"If we just continue to shoot in the 80s like we have done all year, they are going to do all right," she said. "It's going to come down to our short game and staying out of trouble on this course, especially on the back nine."

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