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Greenwood wins district golf, earns state berth


Jennifer Greenwood

Jordan Greenwood tees off during play in the district tournament held Monday. He shot a round of 74 to win the tournament and earn a berth to state.

Jordan Greenwood whipped the tough McCook Golf Course, and a tough field of District Golf competitors on Monday to emerge as the District Champion with his medalist round of 38-36=74! The young Kimball High sophomore is making a return trip to the State Tournament to be held May 27-28 at the Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln.

Greenwood finished 4 strokes ahead of the runnerup individual, Hunter Quinn, a senior from Southern Valley, who shot 78. The only other Panhandle golfer to qualify in the top ten individuals was freshman Eric Stevens of Bridgeport who was 6th with an 85. The top three teams and top ten individuals all qualify for the state tournament.

In the final team standings of the C-5 Tournament, Southern Valley won out with 341 strokes, Kearney Catholic shot 361, Valentine 369, Bridgeport 375, Chase County 387, Gordon-Rushville 397, Cambridge 398, St Pats 441, Mitchell 451, Arcadia-Loup City 455, Ainsworth 461, and Hershey 474. Kimball did not field a team due to conflicts with a band trip to Chicago that six of the eight members of the Kimball golf team elected to make when having to choose. Sophomore Spencer Shields was Kimball's only other golfer along with Greenwood and shot a round of 60-52=112.

Jennifer Greenwood

Jordan Greenwood shows off his medal after winning the district tournament on Monday in McCook. It will be the second straight state berth for the Kimball sophomore.

As a freshman one year ago, Greenwood finished 5th at the district tournament and went on to medal at the state tournament where he finished 11th and brought home a top 15 medal! This season Jordan has finished in the top ten medal group every tournament, with his lowest finish a third place at Morrill and Mitchell. He has won medalist honors 5 times, and finished 2nd twice. His low round of the year was a 69 in winning the Western Trails Conference Tournament at Crawford.

In talking about his district win, Jordan said, "It was pretty cold and windy early but by the back nine it had cleared up some. The course at McCook is tough but in good condition. I was playing with the toughest competition I have faced all season and I think that made me play better. I credit my improvement to my own game as mental. I keep myself more composed now and handle the game better that way."

Jordan plans on getting to Lincoln early to get in some practice rounds on the Holmes Course before the state tournament action begins. Also in his favor is the fact that this same course was the home course of his coach, Chad Wise, when he was playing his high school golf in Lincoln.


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