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Payton Wise 3rd, Katie Heeg 22nd At State

That's a wrap for Kimball Lady Longhorns golfers Payton Wise and Katie Heeg.

The senior duo closed out their high school golf careers in fine fashion – together on the course during the NSAA State Tournament at Elks Country Club in Columbus.

Wise medaled for a fourth time at State – this time in third place – during her splendid four years on the links representing Longhorn Nation.

Heeg, meanwhile, shot two rounds under 100 on the challenging Elks course– an outstanding achievement considering that she took up the game of golf just a few years ago.

On Tuesday morning, during the final round of the two-day state tourney, Kimball coach Katie Culek simply posted these words on the Kimball Public Schools website: "Day 2 of state. Payton and Katie are making Kimball proud."


Wise shot rounds of 84 on Monday and 77 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 161. She tore it up on Day 2, with 38 on the front 9 and 39 on the back in her grand finale for Kimball.

Heeg shot rounds of 92 on Monday and 98 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 190. She tied for 22nd.

The individual champion was 10th-grade hometown golfer Cecilia Arndt of Columbus Scotus with a two-day total of 157 – four strokes ahead of Wise.

The team championship went to Broken Bow. Columbus Scotus was runner-up and Lincoln Lutheran third.

The Kimball seniors qualified for the NSAA State tournament with their outstanding performances at the C-5 District Tournament at Four Winds Golf Course on Oct. 4.

Wise shot an 80 at District, giving her the District title, and Heeg shot a 92 to earn fourth place.

– Mike Motz contributed to this report.