WAYNE — The Cedar Catholic golf team claimed the title at the always-tough Wayne Invitational last week.
Cedar also competed in a triangular with Randolph and Plainview last week.
The win at Wayne is a great confidence boost.
“It’s a great accomplishment to win the Wayne Invite. This has traditionally been one of the toughest meets that we are in,” Coach Johnson said. “Blair and O’Neill are two of the best Class B teams in the state.”
The Wayne course had plenty of challenges for Cedar to contend with, Johnson said.
“The pins at Wayne were very difficult and the greens were the fastest that we have played on this year. I felt that the kids did a good job of adjusting to the speed of the greens, and did a good job of staying below the hole on their approach shots.”
Cedar was led at Wayne by Seth Howell, who fired an 80 to finish seventh and lead the team. Eric Kruse was only two strokes back with an 82.
“Seth (Howell) played really well all day at Wayne. Eric and Dalton both rebounded from a slow start and played really well on the back nine. Kyle had one bad swing all day, and that cost him from medaling. I’m proud of how these kids battled all day long,” Coach Johnson said.
Cedar fired a 331 to edge Class B Blair by one stroke and claim the team title at Wayne.
Despite the runner-up finish at Randolph, Coach Johnson was pleased with the team’s effort.
“We started off the week by playing some pretty good golf at the Plainview/Randolph triangular. I thought the kids played really well, unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to win the triangular,” Coach Johnson said. “It’s awfully hard to beat a team when they shoot three over par as a team.”
The Cedar JV team also fared well, ending their season with yet another year to finish the season with an undefeated record.
“The JV 1 team finished first in every triangular this year. These kids have really improved this season,” Coach Johnson said.
On Monday, Cedar will compete in District competition at Beemer. Also competing at Beemer are: Crofton, David City, Homer, Laurel-Concord, Logan View, North Bend, Oakland-Crg, Ponca, Stanton, Tekamah-Herman, Wakefield, West Pt-Beemer, and Wisner-Pilger.
Cedar scores at Wayne Invite
Seth Howell, 80-7th; Eric Kruse, 82-9th; Dalton Lammers, 84-15th; Kyle Klug, 85.
Top 15 at Wayne Invite
1. Clint Kracl, SCH, 75; 2. Jared Warrick, BLA, 78; 3. Kyle Klug, HCC, 78; 4. Cody Belzer, O’NE, 78; 5. Adam Suberkrubbe, BLA, 79; 6. Preston Walford, T-H, 79; 7. Mitchel Smith, BC, 80; 8. Eric Kruse, HCC, 80; 9. Trevor Enstrom, O-C, 80; 10. Luke Loecker, O’NE, 80; 11. Jack Peterson, SSC, 80; 12. Spencer Schaulis, W-P, 80; 13. Vance Janssen, BLA, 81; 14. Dalton Lammers, HCC, 81; 15. Zach Fehringer, PIE, 81.
Wayne Invite Team Standings
Cedar, 331; Blair, 332; O’Neill, 338; Norfolk JV, 338; Pierce, 341; Battle Creek, 350; S Sioux City, 355; Wisner-Pilger, 355; Laurel-Concord, 356; Wayne, 358; Col. Lakeview, 364; Crofton, 376; Wayne JV 1, 379; Oakland-Crg, 384; Boone Central, 386; Pender, 393; WPGA, 398; West Pt Beemer, 411; Schuyler, 415.
Cedar Varsity at Randolph Tri
Eric Kruse, 37, 5th; Seth Howell, 38-7th; Dalton Lammers, 40; Kyle Klug, 43.
Team Scores at Randolph Tri
Plainview, 147; Cedar, 158; Randolph, 177.
JV Team Scores at Randolph Tri
Cedar JV1, 162; Cedar JV 2, 193; Plainview, 193; Cedar JV 3, 237; Randolph, NTS.
Cedar JV Golfers at Randolph Tri
Logan Schumacher, 38-1st; Grant Howell, 40-2nd; Brad Kathol, 41; Jared Burbach, 43.
Cedar JV2 Golfers at Randolph Tri
Bennett Steffen, 47; Andrew Walter, 47; Ross Wintz, 49; Zach Kathol, 50.
Cedar JV3 Golfers at Randolph Tri
James Kaiser, 49; Jacob Wiedenfeld, 56; Adam Leise, 63; Adam Pinkelman, 69.