Crusaders swinging for third state title in four years

The Grand Island Central Catholic golf team works on their short game, April 5, 2018, at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island, Neb. (KHGI)

Anxious to climb their way back to the top of Class C boys golf, Grand Island Central Catholic returns to the fairways facing little setbacks outside of another disastrous spring weather-wise.

Even with the graduation of Collin Toner, the Crusaders bring back four of their five players from the fifth-place state finishers of 2017.

"I think the team is excited, they're hungry," said head coach Craig Rupp. "I think coming off a disappointing 5th place at state (last year), the boys want to get back to where they were a couple years ago (2015-16), winning back–to–back state championships."

GICC plans on developing more depth and creating a new kind of atmosphere, all while pushing each other through inner-team competition, with the hopes of putting the Crusaders back in the hunt for another championship, their third in four years.

"We're kind of like a wildcard, we have a lot of talent coming in, they're going to be competing for the five spots," said senior Gavin Fox, who finished in a tie for 20th at the 2017 event. "It's not like the years before where the top five are kind of locked in, that might change every meet now. So I'm excited to see how that new competition can push us to new levels."

Next up for Central Catholic is a triangular with St. Cecilia and Adams Central, Tuesday at Southern Hills Golf Course.

This year’s two-day, 36-hole state event is at Kearney Country Club, May 22-23.

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