Longtime Incline High golf coach Joe Humasti could not be more proud of his overachieving bunch of underclassmen.
Competing with four sophomores and a freshman, the Incline girls captured the Division III/IV state championship at Eagle Valley East Golf Course in Carson City on Monday and Tuesday, while Devi Meyers won the individual title.
"The kids did a great job," Humasti said. "The whole team showed a lot of character, especially for being so young. I'm very proud of them."
Meyers, a sophomore, fired a 91 on Day 1 and a 98 on Day 2 for a winning score of 189 over the 5,348-yard, par-72 course. That was good enough to beat out Rachel Horita (97-95) of Mountain View and Selina Johnny of Wells, both of whom finished three strokes back, at 192.
"Devi is our leader. She set the pace and everyone else followed," Humasti said. "She stepped up to the pressure and showed poise. It was nice to see all her hard work pay off."
Incline's Lauren Keller, also a sophomore - and winner of the Northern regional title the previous week - finished eighth, shooting a 105 and a 109 for a two-day score of 214, while freshman teammate Tori Findlen finished 11th with a score of 225 (117-108). Incline's Brooke Ruhl was 15th (114-126-240) and Kailee Harbaugh was 22nd (124-152-276).
With their combined results, the Incline girls posted a winning team score of 868 (427-441) to runner-up Wells' 870 (427-443) - after finishing in a deadlock on the first day. Battle Mountain was third at 944 (482-462), followed by West Wendover with 1,096 (536-554).
Humasti said Findlen's 109 on the second day proved crucial to the narrow victory over Wells. "That put us over the bar," the coach said, adding that Ruhl had a clutch back nine on Day 2 to also help lead Incline to the win.
"They all showed great course management, and none of them gave up," Humasti continued. "They are carrying on a tradition of success at Incline. It's pretty impressive what they accomplished, especially without any juniors or seniors."