Incline, Whittell golfers qualify at regionals for state tournament
Incline and Whittell high schools each have shots at winning a state golf championship next week after qualifying Monday at the regional tournament in Carson City.
The Sunridge Golf and Recreations course was tough. Four of the first five holes had water in play, including an opening tee shot mostly over water. Also in the mix were gusts of wind that got stronger in the afternoon as clouds moved in and softened the shining sun.
It was like a junior British Open — a windy day with changing weather conditions on a links style course.
The athletes advancing to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 2A State Boys’ Golf Championship Tournament, May 13-14, at Toana Vista in West Wendover earned that right.
Incline came within five strokes of winning the overall title, but settled for second place behind rival North Tahoe, 353-357, in the NIAA northern regional tournament.
Highlanders claimed four of the top 10 spots in the 38-player field.
Satchel Hirsch carded an 11-over par 83 to finish third and lead the Highlander scoring effort.
Matt Poalillo, Incline’s fifth best scorer on average, took a liking to the course and blew away his average score for 18 holes by about 13 strokes.
He shot an 88, good for fifth place overall.
Paul Larsen scored a 92 (eighth) and Zach Pexa added a 94 (10th), both scores were below the player’s averages, to round out Incline’s team score.
Cooper Lyons added a 108 and Ezra Bingham had a 114 for Incline.
The Warriors didn’t set the challenging but fair course on fire, although maybe that flashed through some of the player’s minds. They did however get to witness dandelion season, maybe a little too closely in some ways, with the yellow flower providing a contrast with the green fairways.
Patrick Smorra led Whittell’s effort with an 80, good for sixth place, and was followed by Zach Johns, the team’s best scorer on average, with an 82, in eighth place.
Zach Kerho carded a 99 (12th) and was the lone Warrior to shoot better than average. Trent Dingman added a 102 for the team score.
Jack Forvilly recorded a 105 and Troy Dingman scored a 113 for Whittell.
Murphy Scott, of North Tahoe, won the individual title with a 3-over par 75 to help propel the Lakers to the team title.
Spencer Uppal, of Sage Ridge was second with an 80.