Doniphan-Trumbull continued its strong early-season play by winning the Grand Island Central Catholic Invitational Thursday at Indianhead Golf Club.
The Cardinals rolled to the win with a 391. Central Catholic was second at 415 just one stroke ahead of Minden at 416. Northwest was fourth at 428.
Doniphan-Trumbull’s Brandi Lemek broke 80 for the second straight tournament — and the second time ever — to win the individual title with a 79. She shot 77 last week at the Kearney Catholic Invitational.
"Once that lid comes off, it makes it a little bit easier," Doniphan-Trumbull coach Chris Seberger said. "The first time breaking 80 is always a tough one. After that, you know you can do it and I think it kind of makes her feel more comfortable with it. Even today she left a few strokes out there. It could have been a little bit lower."
Seberger has seen improvement from Lemek since she finished second at last year’s Class C state meet.
"Her mental game has really improved," Seberger said. "She’s always been strong and her short game has picked up, but I think her mental game has gotten a lot stronger."
The Cardinals also got a strong performance from Hedvig Hiliedahl, an exchange student from Sweden, who finished fifth with a 90.
"She keeps knocking a stroke off here and there every tournament," Seberger said. "It keeps getting lower and lower. She’s really doing a great job."
Sidney Rash, who missed last season with an injury, was 10th for the Cardinals with a 101.
"Sidney after missing last year is starting to come around," Seberger said. "And our four and five are just playing steady. That’s what we have to have is that steady stuff coming in."
Amanda Fay led Central Catholic with a 90 to finish fifth. GICC’s Vasu Balraj also medaled with a 100 for eighth place.
"They’ve been pretty steadfast players, but they were both disappointed with their scores because they have golfed better than that," GICC coach Dee Hanssen said. "They want to get their scores down again and that will really help the team as well."
Hanssen was surprised that the Crusaders finished second, although it was a distant second at 24 strokes behind Doniphan-Trumbull.
"The scores weren’t as good as I expected," Hanssen said. "I’m pleased that we got second but we have a lot of work to do on our short game. The putts I saw the girls make were really tough. We need to go out there and work on that."
Northwest also had two golfers in the top nine with Nicole Phinney finishing sixth with a 95 and Emily Jeffers ninth with a 101.
"We came out in fourth place against some good competition," Northwest coach Alex Hull said. "We’d like to be in those top places, but fourth is a good place for us."
Hull said it’s still early in the season and he expects to see improvement as the season goes on.
"Seward last week was our first opportunity on an 18-hole meet like this," Hull said. "It’s good to get some of these results and see some things we need to improve."
At Indianhead Golf Club
Doniphan-Trumbull 391, Grand Island CC 415, Minden 416, Northwest 428, Shelby-Rising City 430, Fullerton 443, Adams Central 445, Broken Bow 449, Columbus Scotus 455, Heartland 538.
Top 15 Individuals
1, Brandi Lekem, DT, 79; 2, AC, Elyse Keller, 87; 3, Paige Kristensen, MIN, 4, Hedvig Hiliedahl, DT, 90; 5, Amanda Fay, GICC, 90; 6, Nicole Phinney, NW, 95; 7, Emerson Belitz, CS, 95; 8, Vasu Balraj, GICC, 100; 9, Emily Jeffers, NW, 101; 10, Sidney Rash, DT, 101; 11, Sam Bendix, MIN, 102; 12, Emily Neujahr, S-RC, 103; 13, Halle Brigham, S-RC, 105; 14, Megan Parker, CS, 105; 15, Katherine Shotkoski, FUL, 106.
Other GICC scores: Haley Roush 107, Katelin O’Connor 118, Blakely Wooden 118.
Other Northwest scores: Hannah Klanecky 109, Maddie Rivera 123, Emily Maruska 123.