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Whittell wins zone golf title

Michael Traum

It couldn’t have been any closer.

Freshman Dustin Fox fired an 84 to lead the Whittell High golf team to the Northern Nevada 3A Division II title at Incline Championship Course Friday. Incline High finished second, with Bishop Manogue third.

“It was an absolutely incredible season for all three schools,” said Whittell coach Richard Brandt.

The Warriors entered the day with a one point lead over Manogue and two points over Incline. The top two schools in the division advance to the state meet. Incline won the Friday event with a total of 416 strokes, earning three points to move into second place. Manogue (442) got bumped to third and out of state contention, finishing three strokes behind Whittell (439).

“We’re as happy as can be. The pressure was on and we wanted to win it so bad,” said Brandt, whose club would’ve had to compete in a playoff today if Manogue had finished higher than third.

Whittell’s No. 1 player, Chris Casteleyn, carded a 37 on the first nine, sinking two birdies and an eagle while missing three birdie putts. He survived a 15-over 51 on the second nine for an 88. Rocco Bruno took 85 cuts, Eric Acevedo 90, Joe Weadick 92, and Scott Rahbeck 96.

Weadick, playing as the sixth man, saved the day for the Warriors on the difficult Incline layout. Manogue had the lead until Weadick, playing in the final group, entered his score.

“Everyone on the team pushed that first group all year long, especially Joe. He had a great year,” Brandt said.

The Warriors will leave Wednesday for the two-day state meet at Spring Creek Golf Course near Elko, which begins Thursday.

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