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Kimball Boys Finish Seventh In 15 Team Field


Tom Southard/The Observer

Dillion Wise displays his form at a tournament earlier this season in Mitchell. Wise closed out his high school career at the state tournament in Kearney.

The 2019 Nebraska Boy's State Golf Tournament did not play out as planned thanks to some nasty weather that cancelled out the two day format, limiting it to just one day and 18 holes of play.

The Class C State Tournament was held at the Meadow Lark Hills Golf Course in Kearney and the Kimball High team went down early hoping to get in some practice rounds to prepare them for tournament play, but again thanks to the weather, coach Chad Wise said "We were only able to get in 6 holes of practice, and that was in the cold and wind and rain." A lot of time was spent in the motel rooms, hoping for the weather to clear. The State made the decision to cancel out the Tuesday first day play and go to just the one day and 18 holes held on Wednesday.

Along with the weather, things did not work out well for the Kimball High team and especially for the three seniors on this years team that were making their fourth straight appearance in tournament play. Kimball ended up finishing 7th in the 15 team field, shooting a round of 368 and had no one finished in the top 15 individual medal group.

Grand Island Central Catholic won the top team honors with their score of 324 followed by Battle Creek with 325, Oakland-Craig 349, Lincoln Christian 354, Johnson Country Central 363, Kearney Catholic 367 and then Kimball in 7th with 368.

Preston Carbaugh of Cambridge didn't let the bad weather bother his play shooting the low individual round of 74 to take medalists honors. It took a round of 84 to finish in the top 15 medal group, Dillion Wise shot Kimball's low round of 44-44=88 to finish 30th, Izaac Reuter shot 45-44=89 to take 34th, Zane Anthony was 47-48=95 and was tied for 50th, Jess Heide shot 44-52=96 and tied for 54th and Cole Henton had a round of 50-53= and tied for 76th.

Although things didn't work out weather wise or score wise for the Kimball boys, they need to reflect on an outstanding season and for the three seniors, on outstanding careers. Once again they won both conference titles and won the district crown. They helped put a lot of trophies in the Kimball High trophy case. They accomplished a lot thing this season in cold and nasty weather but it didn't happened in the final round. Congrats on an outstanding season and we will print a recap of the season complete with scores in next week's Observer.


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