Before each shot, Eric Marble shuffles his feet for roughly a few seconds.
It's not a nervous tick — he swears he's not crazy. The Hastings High senior and the Tigers' No. 1 golfer gets funny looks about his feet a lot, and always explains that it's just how he settles in and aligns his aim.
But with the way the Tiger Invite was coming to a close Tuesday, golfers from Hastings High, Millard North and North Platte had to feel some anxiety shuffling for the top spot in the tight team race.
And in the end, it was one stroke that decided the winner on an overcast, winter-like day at Lochland Country Club. Millard North held on for the team victory with a score of 317, while the Tigers were second with a 318. North Platte was five strokes off the pace with a 323, finishing third in the seven-team race.
Marble had a bad break on the par-5 18th hole when his third shot ricocheted off a tree, cutting his approach to the green short. But that wasn't the stroke he wanted to take back.
"It would probably be the 4-foot putt on No. 5 that lipped out and came back to me," said Marble, who led the Tigers with a round of 77. "It was for par. I feel like I had a couple pars I gave away, and I had a couple of bad chips."