GENEVA — Hosting a district golf meet has its advantages.
On a warm and windy Monday, the Fillmore Central boys golf team knew how to play the conditions on its home course, and the Panthers did not let the advantage go to waste.
Fillmore Central won the Class C, District 4 meet at Hidden Hills Country Club, beating St. Cecilia by four strokes. Along with the Panthers, the Bluehawks (358) and Minden (371) qualified for the state tournament, which begins May 28 at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln.
"It's a great feeling. It's been a goal all year. We put it on the board at the beginning of the year that we could make Mahoney, knowing that we had districts at our place," Fillmore Central head coach Mitch Lockhart said.
"Learning to play in the spring in Nebraska — you have to do it. It's automatic," he said. "Knowing a little bit about our course and how it plays in the wind helped our team; there's no doubt about it. That's the advantage of hosting districts. But when it comes down to it, you have to show up and you have to play, and that's what the kids did today."
Fillmore Central's Brandon Burklund led all Tribland golfers, shooting an 81 and placing second individually. Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon won the individual competition with a 76.