State Golf: Players to Watch

With the state championships in soccer, baseball, women’s tennis and track and field concluded, men’s golf is the latest spring sport to hold its state event.

The two-day tournaments for Classes A, B, C and D will begin on Tuesday at four different locations.

Here’s a quick look at some of the top players who will be competing at the state level.

Class A
Christopher Atkinson, senior, Gretna: Atkinson, an Omaha engagement, fired a 67 in District A-1 in Meadowlark Hills.

Colton Stock, senior, Gretna: Atkinson’s teammate Stock recorded a 68 in the districts.

Charlie Hoiberg, senior, Lincoln Pius X: After helping lead the Thunderbolts basketball team to the Class A state tournament, Hoiberg had success on the ties. He shot a 68 at Holmes Golf Course in the District A-3 meet.

Caden Peppmuller, senior, Lincoln North East: Peppmuller shot a 69, one shot behind Hoiberg, in the A-3 district encounter.

Jason Kolbas, senior, Lincoln Pie X: Kolbas, an Iowa Western rookie, finished with a 69 in the A-3 district meet and was the third player to shoot an under-70 at Holmes Golf Course.

Brock Kuhlman, senior, Columbus: Kuhlman shot a 71 in the A-2 district meet at Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln.

Luke Strako, Jr., Creighton Prep: Strako shot a 74 in the A-4 district meet at Riverside Golf Club on Grand Island.

Jacob Boor, Senior, Creighton Prep: Boor tied his teammate, Strako, with a 74 in the district meet.

Class B
Ben Hastreiter, senior, Elkhorn: At the District B-1 meet at Table Creek Golf Course in the Nebraska City, Hastreiter shot a 72 to win the district championship.

Luke Gutschewski, senior, Mount Michael Benedictine: Gutschewski, a committed golfer from Iowa State, also shot a 72 at Table Creek to lead his team. He was the 2019 Class B champion as a sophomore and also won the 2019 Nebraska Junior Match Play and the 2020 Nebraska Junior.

Ryan Seevers, Sophomore, York: Duke’s top golfer is Seevers, a talented young player who shot a 74 in his district meet at York Country Club.

Emmanuel Jensen, Freshman, York: Jensen is another young player doing well for head coach Dan Malleck’s team. He also shot a 74 like his teammate Seevers in the B-3 District meet.

Trenton Baehr, second year, Beatrice: Not a single senior had an individual top-four score at the B-3 district meet in York. Baehr placed third with a 74.

Jakeb Scherer, senior, Gothenburg: Scherer was the B-4 district champion with a score of 73 at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney.

Payton Craw, senior, McCook: Craw was the Bison’s best golfer in the B-4 district meet with a 73.

Class C
Alex Schademann, second year, Fillmore Central: Not only is Schademann a state medal-winning wrestler, but he can also play golf. His 72 at Crooked Creek Golf Club was good enough for the C-1 District Meet Championship.

Boston Pentico, senior, Wahoo Bishop Neumann: Pentico shot a 73 at Crooked Creek in Lincoln, earning him a second-place finish behind Schademann.

Brady Davis, Jr., Archbishop of Fremont Bergan: Davis’ 70 at the C-2 District meet at the Oakland Golf Club was the best on the course, which meant a district title.

Nick Fleming, Freshman, Columbus Scot: Not far behind Davis was Fleming, who shot a 72 for second place in the C-2 district.

Carson Thomsen, Jr., Oakland-Craig: Thomsen carded a 72 on his home run during districts to help guide his team to state.

Riley Kuehn, senior, Hartington Cedar Catholic: The best score of the C-3 District meet was recorded by Kuehn with a 72 at the Fair Play Golf Course in Norfolk.

Austin Thyne, Jr., Mitchell: Thyne shot the top score at the C-5 District meet at Court House and Jail Rock Golf Course in Bridgeport with a 76.

Ethan Smith, Jr., Doniphan-Trumbull: The only score below 70 in the C-4 District meet at Indianhead Golf Course on Grand Island belonged to Smith with a 68.

Class D
Levi Lennemann, senior, Franklin: Franklin qualified his team to declare, and a big part of that was Lennemann shooting an 81 to become the D-1 district champion in Indianhead.

Jack Lubischer, senior, Humphrey St. Francis: The only score below 80 in the D-2 district meet at Steepleview Golf Course in Humphrey was Lubischer’s 78.

Braxton Brockhaus, senior, Creighton: Brockhaus won the D-3 district encounter by nine strokes when he scored a 75 at Tatanka Golf Club in Niobrara.

Teegan Sonneman, Jr., North Platte St. Pat’s: The Irishman qualified for state as a team by winning the D-4 district meet, and three of his golfers finished in the top seven individually. The team was led by Sonneman, who scored a 75 at Bertrand’s Hi-Line Country Club.

Connor Hagenauer, Jr., North Platte St. Pat’s: Hagenauer shot a 76 to place second in the D-4 district encounter, just behind teammate Sonneman.

Braden Fleischman, Freshman, Overton: Freshman college golfer Fleischman heads to State after shooting a 79 in the D-4 district meet.

Brendon Walker, senior, Mullen: Walker won the D-5 district encounter by eight strokes when he shot a 74 at Heritage Hills in McCook.

Michael C. Ford