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Warriors finish runner-up in state golf tournament

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

Whittell High brought its “A” game to the final round of the Nevada 2A state golf tournament on Friday in Jackpot. But there was only one problem with that: The Meadows brought its “A+” game.

The Meadows shot a final-round 394 to edge defending champion Whittell by five strokes in the 36-hole tournament at the Jackpot Golf Club.

“It’s really hard to beat that,” said WHS Patrick Flanagan, who carded the third-best 36-hole total at 152. “We all wanted to win. I wish we would have played better.”

Warrior coach Steve Maltase applauded The Meadows for playing its best golf when the stakes were the highest.

“They had the best weekend that they had all year, according to their coach,” Maltase said. “I’m definitely proud of our guys. We put ourselves in position to win, but Meadows clutched up and played even better.”

Two Warriors finished in the top four to The Meadows’ one and Parker “Cooper” Fox and Cary White made marked improvements on the second day, but The Meadows’ consistency was too much to overcome.

“We lost the tournament the first day. We didn’t play our best golf the first day,” Maltase said. “Meadows, to their credit, didn’t choke or make any mistakes the second day.”

Final 36-hole team scores were The Meadows 796, Whittell 801 and Incline 814.

Whittell ran away with the state championship the previous year, beating The Meadows by 53 shots.

“We were more familiar, obviously, with playing Edgewood last year and that goes to show you we had a pretty huge advantage playing at home,” Maltase said. “This time, we played a lot different type of course. It was definitely a much easier course for everybody and that leveled the field out.”

Flanagan followed up an opening-round 74 with a 78 to equal teammate Ryan Salomon, who shot 72 and 80. Third place went to Flanagan because his score was better over the final six holes, the second tiebreaker rule.

“I was really happy to get back into the 70s. I was in the 80s for the last four tournaments,” Flanagan said. “The greens were really running true and I was able to make a lot of putts and chip in a few.”

Flanagan’s biggest shot came on No. 17 when he chipped in for birdie. He also drained a 10-footer for birdie on No. 6.

Fox posted Whittell’s best second-day score — a 75 — to take the sting out of a opening-round 86. His 3-over-par round included an eagle on the 13th hole.

“He really rallied on the second day,” Maltase said. “He didn’t hang his head and tried to give us a boost.”

Whittell’s other final-round scores were Brian Jones 84, White 81 and Michael Flanagan 85.

White and Salomon are the team’s seniors, leaving the Warriors with a strong nucleus to again contend for the title next spring.

“With Brian, Parker and I all being the seniors leading the team next year, hopefully, we’ll be leading the team to a state victory,” Flanagan said.

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