Kearney Country Club Wins Interclub Again
GOTHENBURG (September 16, 2019) – Kearney Country Club did it again. The club won its fifth title in 10 years, taking the 2019 NGA Interclub Championship at Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg on Monday.
Kearney CC dominated the day to add the 2019 title to its wins in 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017. It was a 21-3 victory over Oak Hills Country Club from Omaha in the Final, as Kearney CC nearly swept both the Singles and Four-Ball matches, winning all but one of each. Oak Hills CC was only able to win one Singles match, and tie one Four-Ball match.
Doug Mitchell, Lucas Dart, Brian Downing, Shane Jensen, Rick Smith and Rod Betke all were able to win both their Singles and Four-Ball matches in the Final. Ryan Schwartz also picked up a win in his Singles match, and tied his Four-Ball match with partner Ash Hammond, the head professional at Kearney CC.
It was much of the same in the morning Semifinals, as Kearney CC rolled to a 20-4 win over Indian Trails Country Club from Beemer. Kearney CC again won seven of the eight Singles matches, with Indian Trails CC winning the other, its only win over the semifinal. Kearney CC also won two of the Four-Ball matches, with the other two ending in a tie.
Indian Trails did have the highlight of the day though, as member Alex Walker made a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole. Walker used a gap wedge on the 113-yard hole.
In the other Semifinal, it all came down to the final match, as Oak Hills CC pulled out a 13-11 victory over Lochland Country Club from Hastings. Lochland had the advantage in the Singles matches, winning four and tying another. However, Oak Hills CC pushed for the win in the Four-Ball matches, winning three of four for the decisive points.
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