Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Tom Southard

Heeg opens golf season with win at Bayard


Image Courtesy of Lani Heeg

Henry Heeg sinks a put at the Bayard tournament.

Kimball's Henry Heeg opened his senior golf season with an individual win at the Bayard Tournament shooting a 77 to finish one stroke better than Bayard's Trae Blanco and three strokes better than Bayard's Roman Konvicka, both playing on their home course. It was a big win for Heeg as he has had limited time to prepare for the golf season as he was a starter and member of the Kimball High boy's basketball team that made it into the state tournament delaying their start to the spring sports season.

Mitchell took home the team championship with 355 strokes followed by Bayard with 357, Bridgeport 369, Chase County 373, Creek Valley 412, Kimball 415, Garden County 425, Mullen 430, Hershey 432, Morrill 437, Hay Springs 448, Gordon-Rushville 476, Hemingford 509.

A 6th place finish wasn't all that bad considering Heeg was playing with three freshmen who were experiencing their first ever high school golf tournament. Michael Ferguson a returning junior letterman for Kimball, started play but had to withdraw in order to keep a departure time for a trip with the school's FFA class to the state FFA convention in Lincoln. Kimball's other golfers and their scores saw Jordan Greenwood shoot 96, Kyle Spicer 109, and Spencer Shields 133. Kimball coach Chad Wise said his freshman players were showing signs of nervousness and the pressure of playing in their first high school tournament, but expects all three to show improvement as they become more comfortable with tournament play. The return of Ferguson will also help out team wise.

The balance of the top ten medal group behind the three already mentioned saw Peyton Briggs-Mitchell with 80, Luis Panduro-Mitchell 85, Dakota Swires-Bridgeport 86, Colton Michael-Crawford 87, Tyler Jennings-Chase County 89, Bo McVay-Mitchell 90, Cole Retcheless-Bridgeport 91.

The second tournament of the young season for the Kimball High boys was at Mitchell this past Tuesday, and today (Thursday) they are back in action at Bridgeport with a 9 a.m. start time weather permitting. Next Tuesday, April 22, they are at Morrill fOr another 9 a.m. start.

Coach Wise said his five member team has been working hard in practice although lots of other school activities have taken a toll on practice time, but said his younger players are showing improvement and he looks for their scores to improve.


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