After earning a district championship last week, the Archbishop Bergan girls’ golf team traveled to Lake Maloney Golf Course to compete in the first round of the 2017 NSAA Class C Girls Golf Championship on Monday.

Course conditions played a factor on Monday as cold rainy weather hampered the first day of the tournament. The Lady Knights were led by sophomore Georgia Witte, who finished with a score of 98 (+26), to end the day tied for 30th place individually.

“The weather was less than ideal but the girls showed up with great attitudes and did a fantastic job battling and keeping their heads up,” Bergan coach Jeremy Murman said.

Georgia Witte was followed closely by Emma Witte, who finished with a score of 102 (+30), and Anna Vobejda who was just one stroke behind at 103 (+31). Emma Witte would finish the day tied for 42nd, while Vobejda finished tied for 44th.

“We did a great job competing, it would have been really easy to mail it in but we stayed in it,” Murman said. “The greens were really tough today and we knocked the ball around a few times, but we are in a nice position.”

Bergan’s opening round was rounded out by Kinly Shallberg who finished at 118 (+46) and Lily Bojanski who came in at 120 (+48).

“Tomorrow is a new day and the girls are excited to compete,” Murman said. “It really was miserable out but everybody played in the same weather and on the same course.”

Leading the pack after the first round was Chadron’s Ricki Hickstein who shot an even par, ending at 72 strokes. She was followed in second place by Kira Mestl of Ogallala who shot an 80 (+8).

Bergan currently sits at 10th place in the team competition, while Ogallala (1st) and Chadron (2nd) hold the top two spots respectively.

The tournament continues on Tuesday, with the first flight of the championship round teeing off at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Maloney Golf Course.

“Today was one of those days that takes more mental toughness than anything else,” Murman said. “We learned a lot today, built character and are ready to finish the season strong tomorrow.”


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