Warriors defend zone title
Whittell High’s golf team again showed on Thursday why depth wins championships.
With defending champion Ryan Salomon off his game, junior Patrick Flanagan played steadily in 30-mph winds as the Warriors repeated as Northern Nevada 2A golf champions at Silver Oak Golf Course in Carson City.
“Every single time we have somebody who plays poorly, someone steps it up,” said Flanagan, who claimed the individual title with a 9-over-par 81.
Whittell finished 12 strokes ahead of Incline, with Wells grabbing the region’s final state berth.
“We shot 430 and that isn’t our best, but it was good enough in this weather,” said WHS second-year coach Steve Maltase.
Flanagan got his round going on No. 2 by sinking a 20-foot par putt from off the fringe.
“After chunking my chip, it definitely got my momentum going,” Flanagan said.
Flanagan scored his only birdie by reaching a par 5 with a driver and 9-iron. He sank a two-foot putt for his birdie.
“He shot 39 on front nine, which was really the toughest part of the day,” Maltase said. “He just did a nice job of staying focused and playing smart with that wind.”
“I didn’t think it would happen that way. Eighty-one is a good score in that wind, but I’m sure we all wished we could have played a lot better,” Flanagan said. “I just had a couple of putts that went in, and I hit quite a few knock-down shots.
“Cooper” Fox of Whittell finished second, a stroke behind. Whittell’s Brian Jones was sixth with 85, Salomon shot 90 and Cary White 92. Michael Flanagan’s 104 was discarded.
Like Fox, Incline’s Tommy Reader carded an 82 but lost a one-hole playoff to Fox to finish third. Incline Kevin Dyess shot 83 to take fourth and Jay McDonald of Wells came in fifth with 84. The top 5 players received medals.
Team scores were Whittell 430, Incline 442, Wells 495, Hawthorne 515, Battle Mountain 516, West Wendover 518, Jackpot 552 and Gerlach incomplete.
The Warriors will attempt to win their second straight state title next Thursday and Friday in Jackpot.
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