Boles, Guttry go out in style at 3A State meet
RENO, Nev. – Anyone who’s a fan of the game of golf would appreciate the way both Griffen Boles and Payton Guttry brought a close to their prep golfing careers.
After shooting low enough rounds to qualify themselves for the NIAA 3A State meet in Reno, the South Tahoe twosome made the most of it, firing rounds of 175 and 177 respectively to finish inside the top 25 at the NIAA 2A meet this past week.
Boles opened up his two-day tourney by shooting a 86, then followed it up with an equally as impressive 89 for a two-day total 175 – finishing 20th overall.
Guttry shot a 90 with the opening round, then followed that up with a day two 87 to finish in 25th overall at 177.
“I was very proud with the manner that they represented myself, the team, the school and their families,” head coach Jay Brazil said. “Mike Boles, Griffen’s father, and David Guttry, Payton’s father, took time away from work to also represent us as group monitors.
“Donnie Nelson of the NIAA, who did a great job running the tournament, allowed them to monitor their sons groups. It was a great experience for the two to witness this great event for us and they did a great job.”
On the course, each of the golfers had individual highlights according to Brazil.
“It was really neat that each finished the round and their careers in style by making birdie on their final hole,” Brazil said. “Payton rolled in a slippery, side-hill 10-footer. Griffen nearly chipped in from over the green for an Eagle. Just as he hit the shot, a gust on wind came up which tilted the pin towards him. He hit the pin dead center which kept the ball from going in. He made his five-inch putt for birdie to close out in style.”
Churchill County took home the individual title for the 3A boys as their two-day total of 799 outmatched an 812 from Lowry.
State player of the year Matt Vanderbeek was unstoppable as he carded rounds of 72-72 to win the overall title by 10 strokes.
“His total was actually one stroke better than the winning 4A score,” Brazil said. “I watched him play quite a bit. He can really play. I would like to see him get a shot at Division 1 golf in college. He is a real blue-chip player, and a great young man.”
The event itself proved to be a success for both Boles and Guttry. With South Tahoe High School’s athletic director Don Borges also making the trip, Brazil said it was good to see a face from the district, and someone who pulled everything together, their supporting the student-athletes.
“Our school put us up at the El Dorado in Reno and took care of our buffet meal,” he said. “We all had a great time. Thanks to South Tahoe High, especially our AD Mr. Don Borges, who came up and watch the play, along with setting up everything for us.”