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Day 2 at nationals kind to SCC golfers

Noah Hofman

The Southeast Community College golf team moved into the top 10 Wednesday after Day 2 of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament in Arizona, thanks to a team-best 289.

The Storm, which endured a rough opening day at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, shaved 24 strokes off its first-day score. That moved SCC into ninth place, 32 strokes behind team leader Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

SCC freshman Noah Hofman from McCook tied for the low individual score on Wednesday as he carded a 2-under-par 69, putting him into a tie for fourth place on the individual leaderboard. Domenic Vertuli, sophomore from Australia, shot even-par 71 on Wednesday, moving him into a tie for 30th place. Kyle Murray, sophomore from Beatrice, shot 72 on Wednesday (tied for 52nd place), Kean Kontor, freshman from Lincoln, shot 77 (tied for 73rd place), and Tyler Wagner, sophomore from Beatrice, shot 81 (tied for 108th place).

Just prior to the start of the national tournament, the NJCAA announced that Hofman is one of five candidates for Freshman Golfer of the Year, and he was named a Second-Team Ping All-American.


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