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Incline golf | Mitchell Cornell 2nd, Dylan Smith 5th at state

Mitchell Cornell was still heating up when the Division III state championships concluded.

For the second straight year, the Incline sophomore came from behind to finish second in the state, this time recording two eagles and a birdie on the back nine to finish one stroke away from the title. His Highlanders finished fifth as a team.

Cornell fired a one-under-par 71 on Day 2 at Mountain Falls Golf Course in Pahrump on Thursday. Combined with his 79 on Day 1, he finished with a two-day score of 150.

White Pine junior Chris Young won the title with a 149, carding a 73 and 76 and closing with a birdie to hold off the charging Cornell, who also finished with a birdie on the last hole.

“Mitchell is a great competitor,” said Incline coach Joe Humasti. “He had a few bad shots on Day 1, but he recovered and never gave up, and he almost came back to win it. He’s going to have many more good rounds in his career.”

Junior teammate Dylan Smith also earned a medal for the Highlanders, which required a top-six finish in the field of 47 golfers.

Smith fired a personal-best 74 on Day 1, which placed him second, one stroke behind Young. He shot an 83 on Day 2 to finish with a final score of 157, which was good enough for fifth place.

“Dylan played incredibly well,” said Humasti, adding that Smith converted three birdie chip-ins on the first day.

Ty Pickel of White Pine finished third with a 154 (81, 73) and Jett Isoda of Calvary Chapel was fourth with a 156 (81, 75). Battle Mountain’s Jonas Norman (159: 80, 79) rounded out the medal winners in sixth.

Incline sophomore Bryan Golombik tied for 15th with a 172 (83, 89). Freshmen teammates Johnny Lockard carded a 210 (104, 106), Peter Larson 217 (111, 106) and Brandon Swick 259 (129, 130).

Needles, whose top golfer finished seventh, used a well-balanced performance to claim the team championship with a low score of 841. Battle Mountain finished runner-up at 867 and was followed by White Pine (890), Lake Mead (891), Incline (906) and Whittell (912).

“I’m proud of all our guys,” Humasti said. “To make it to state is a great accomplishment. They really came together as a team. The future is bright.”

Top 15 finishers (plus Incline)

1. Chris Young, White Pine — 149 (73, 76)

2. Mitchell Cornell, Incline — 150 (79, 71)

3. Ty Pickel, White Pine — 154 (81, 73)

4. Jett Isoda, Calvary Chapel — 156 (81, 75)

5. Dylan Smith, Incline — 157 (74, 83)

6. Jonas Norman, Battle Mountain — 159 (80, 79)

7. Zarek Phillips, Needles — 159 (76, 83)

8. Victor Banos, Lake Mead — 161 (83, 78)

9. Steven Beelar, Whittell — 163 (83, 80)

10. Drew Phelps, Needles — 166 (83, 83)

10. Griffin Cooper, Yerington — 166 (83, 83)

12. Nick Herrero, Lake Mead — 168 (85, 83)

13. Gavin Pietcher, Needles — 171 (84, 87)

13. Fidel Connacher, Needles — 171 (86, 85)

15. Braedan Crotteau, Battle Mountain — 172 (83, 89)

15. Bryan Golombik, Incline — 172 (83, 89)

15. Toliver Rogers, Battle Mountain — 172 (88, 84)

42. Johnny Lockard, Incline — 210 (104, 106)

45. Peter Larson, Incline — 217 (111, 106)

46. Brandon Swick, Incline — 259 (129, 130)


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