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By Will Korn 

Sidney girls' golf places third in conference tourney

Golf team takes home second straight 3rd place finish


Will Korn

Freshman Emma Alexander tees off on the second hole at the conference tournament on Friday at Hillside Golf Course. Alexander shot a round of 115.

The Sidney High School girl's golf team once again performed well on its home course Friday morning at the conference tournament. Just as they did on last Tuesday, the Red Raiders placed third out of six teams.

Head coach Dani Kuchar saw a noticeable improvement from her team and was pleased with its showing.

"Overall, I thought as a team we came out aggressive and did well," Kuchar said. "Almost each varsity girl dropped their score a few shots from Tuesday. We were right where I wanted us to be, which was in the running at the top."

Jordan York of Scottsbluff blew away the field with an individual 18-hole score of 76. Second place Hannah Holloway, also of Scottsbluff, finished 12 strokes behind York with a score of 88.

Sidney freshman Jordan Cook, who shot a 103 in her season-opening tournament earlier last week, improved her score by three strokes. Her score of 100 co-led the Sidney team. She also finished in sixth place overall.

This was Cook's first Top 10 individual finish. Kuchar said she was able to shake her jitters and that helped her to a better score than her first time out.

"Jordan did very well and handled her nerves much better today than Tuesday," Kuchar said. "She set a goal to improve each tournament and with the way she practices, I can see it happening. She works really hard in practice. With each tournament, she will mature and become a more well- rounded golfer."

Senior Kaleigh Chavez also finished Friday morning with a 100 – a 15-stroke improvement from her first tournament.

Junior Megan Neal's 102 placed third on Sidney's team. The Red Raiders' top golfer – fellow junior Rachel Blauert – was disqualified from the tournament or filling out an incorrect scorecard. Blauert shot a 93 last Tuesday and was a key component of Sidney's third-place finish to start the season.

Sidney is off to a solid start on the young season. It will head to North Platte on Friday in search of a third consecutive Top 3 team finish.

Sidney conference tournament results:

Varsity scores:

Jordan Cook (Fr.) 100

Kaleigh Chavez (Sr.) 100

Megan Neal (Jr.) 102

Emma Alexander (Fr.) 115

Rachel Blauert (Jr.) DQ

Junior Varsity scores:

Theda Parker (Sr.) 106

Dru Rowan (Fr.) 115

Alli Ehler (Sr.) 116

Paige Langley (Fr.) 121

Taylor Parsons (Jr.) 122

Team standings:

1. Scottsbluff 394

2. Gering 409

3. Sidney 417

4. Chadron 492


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