Area golfers booked their ticket for the NSAA boys state golf championships Monday as they competed in district competition. The top ten individuals plus ties in classes B, C, and D qualified for the state meet. Blake Denson of Broken Bow qualified as an individual for the NSAA boys golf state championships. Denson placed 8th overall with a 79 at the B4 district meet in Sidney. Zack Gaffney finished just four shots outside the top ten with an 83. Broken Bow finished with a team total 349. Other scores for Broken Bow included Nathan Reynolds 92, Carsten Fox 95 and Austin Harvey 99. Ogallala was the district team champion with a 324 team score and Jakeb Scherer of Gothenburg was the individual champion with a low round of 73.
Colbi Smith of South Loup and Brett Downing of Sandhills/Thedford each qualified as an individual at the D4 district meet played at the Hi-Line Country Club. Smith placed 8th with an 85 and Downing finished tied for 10th with an 86. The low round of the tournament was a 75 turned in by Teegan Sonneman of North Platte St. Pat’s. St. Pat’s won the district team title with a 322 team score. South Loup finished 6th in the team standings with a 412 followed by Anselmo-Merna who shot a team total 436 to finish tied for 7th in the final team standings.
Burwell qualified for state as a team by winning the D2 district team title with a low team score of 341. Dillon Critel was the district runner-up with an 80. Also placing in the top ten individually for the Longhorns were Augustus Elliot who was 6th with an 85 and Barak Birch tied for 10th with an 87.
Brendon Walker of Mullen qualified for the boys state golf championships as he claimed the D5 district individual championship. Walker won the district with a low round of 74.
The Class B boys golf state tournament will take place at Elks Country Club in Columbus and the Class D tournament will take place at Lake Maloney Golf Club in North Platte. The NSAA boys state golf championships will take place May 25th and 26th.