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Cougars second at Washoe, Reed fourth
by Dan Eckles
May 01, 2012 | 1827 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High’s Wyatt Koski putts from the fringe during his round Tuesday at the High Desert League golf tournament played at Washoe Golf Course. Koskie carded a 103.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High’s Wyatt Koski putts from the fringe during his round Tuesday at the High Desert League golf tournament played at Washoe Golf Course. Koskie carded a 103.
The Spanish Springs Cougars are the second best golf team in the High Desert League. The SSHS squad would have a hard time saying it’s any better than that and the three teams below the Cougars would have a tough sell to make anyone believe they are better than the Cougars.

Tuesday’s weekly HDL tournament at Reno’s Washoe Golf Course was the sixth and final regular season tourney of the spring. Spanish Springs finished second at Washoe, just like it had in the five previous conference tournaments.

The Cougars turned in a team total of 447, second to Reno High’s 420. While Spanish Springs was second in each of the six HDL tournaments, Reno finished first in all six.

“Reno is so consistent,” Spanish Springs coach Nick Wirshing said. “All five of their guys are all in the low to mid 80s. They have been doing that all year. Top to bottom, they put up good scores. And being on their home course helped too. There were a couple greens that were a little challenging with tough pin placements and they were ready for those today.”

Spanish Springs senior Jordan Gilmore was the best golfer in the field Tuesday. His score of 79 earned him individual medalist honors. Reno’s Patrick Phelts had the second-best score of the day with an 81. Reed sophomore Trevor Wood toted an 82 to finish third.

Tommy McAllister carded an 85 for Spanish Springs to finish fifth. The rest of the Spanish Springs scoring contingent was comprised of Cole Shirley (90), Matt Beebe (95) and Drew Hargrove (98). The Cougars threw out their sixth and highest score, a 102 by Tyler Clemens.

“Jordan (Gilmore) said he hit the ball as well as he’s hit all year long but felt he got some bad breaks in the way he scored. So he felt good about his round. And I heard that from some other guys too,” Wirshing said. “Washoe has small greens and our chipping was not quite what it needs to be ... Overall I felt we hit the bal pretty good today. It’s tough to lose by 20 strokes but we have a good attitude about going to regionals next week.”

Reno, Spanish Springs, McQueen and Reed take the HDL’s top four seeds into next week’s Northern 4A Championships. The 36-hole tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday at Dayton Valley Country Club.

Reed clinched its trip to regionals by wrapping up the HDL’s fourth seed at Washoe. It needed a fourth-place finish or better on the county’s oldest course to ensure itself of an extra week to its season. The Raiders did just that, posting a team total of 472, good for fourth, behind league powers Reno and Spanish Springs, and third-place McQueen.

After finishing fifth in the firrst two tourneys of the spring, Reed has finished fourth twice and third twice to help capture is regional tournament berth.

While Wood’s 82 paced the Reed scoring effort, senior Dylan McKenzie shot a career-best 88 to help the RHS scoring. Tyler Carnahan was next up for Reed with a 95, also a personal best. Wyatt Koski (103) and Dave Hibler (104) rounded out Reed’s team score.

The Raiders threw out the 106 of Tony Simonte.

“That team score is not as good as we have been the last couple weeks, but the conditions were tough out there today and that seemed to affect everyone but Reno, which was playing on its home course,” Reed coach Nick Nemsgern said. “Reno took care of business. The rest of us had some expanded scores. We did have a couple really good numbers which helped out our team, but ultimately we walked into regionals as a team so that’s fantastic.

“This put us right where we needed to be. It’s been a fantastic year for me and the boys improving over the season. We get to go to regionals, which is nice.”
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