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Cougars second at Somersett
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Matt Perera watches a tee shot during Tuesday’s High Desert League golf tournament played at Somersett Golf and Country Club in Reno.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Matt Perera watches a tee shot during Tuesday’s High Desert League golf tournament played at Somersett Golf and Country Club in Reno.
The Spanish Springs boys golf squad turned in a season-best team total but for the third time in three weeks had to settle for second best in a High Desert League tournament.

The Cougars posted a 435 team score, 12 strokes better than its 447 of two weeks ago in the season-opening tournament at RedHawk, the Cougars’ home course. Unfortunately for Spanish Springs, it was stuck in second place for the third-straight week. Reno won Tuesday’s tournament at Somersett Golf and Country Club in northwest Reno after totaling a 431, its best score of the young season as well.

“The weather was nice,” Spanish Springs coach Nick Wirshing said of Tuesday’s 70-degree conditions. “It helped us. We played up a tee box because we thought it would be windier than it was. So that helped too. It was a little breezy at times but for the most part we had pretty good conditions.

“I’m really happy with our younger guys. Our two freshmen and two sophomores stepped up today. They had a good week of practice and I was really happy to see the improvement they put out there.”

Reed, which had been fifth in the team standings in the first two tournaments, got a big bump. The Raiders managed a 493, more than 30 strokes better than its previous two outings. McQueen (497) and North Valleys (509) wrapped up the HDL tourney’s team scores. Hug did not field a complete team.

Reed’s performance was much needed. The top four teams at the conclusion of the HDL’s six-tournament season earn regional tourney berths. The RHS club could not afford many more fifth-place efforts.

“We had a nice turnaround from these last few weeks,” Reed coach Nick Nemsgern said. “The boys shot numbers like I’ve seen in qualifying. This week in practice we stuck to the regimen, which was aimed at getting them to perform when they needed to. This week, we just shot what I wanted us to. I was very pleased with the results, without a doubt.”

Spanish Springs senior Jordan Gilmore earned individual medalist honors, finishing his round with a 77. That was two strokes better than Reno’s Seth Coffland, who has been second to Gilmore in each of the first three HDL events. Gilmore’s day ended in frustration. He was one over going to his final hole in the shotgun-start event, but struggled to a seven on a par 3.

“He had a decent round going and shot a seven on a par three, which was on his last hole,” Wirshing said. “So he had a quadruple bogey on his last hole. That’s definitely not the end to his round that he wanted to. He was not happy with that.”

Tommy McAllister and Cole Shirley carded rounds of 84 for Spanish Springs, good for a fifth-place tie overall. The Cougars also counted the scores of Matt Perera and Owen Bartlett, who each finished with a 95. That mark was a season-best for both players. Spanish Springs threw out its sixth and highest score, the 105 of Matt Beebe.

Reed’s 493 was paced by the 82 of sophomore Trevor Wood. The score left him third in the field of 33.

“He had not broke the top seven,” Nemsgern said. “This is what we expect from our No. 1 golfer. It’s nice to see him put up a good score on the board.”

The rest of the Raiders’ scoring contingent was made up of Dylan McKenzie (96), Tyler Carnahan (104), Will Rizzuto (104) and Garrett Marchese (107). The Raiders sixth and highest score was a 121 from Tony Simonte. It was thrown out.

High Desert League golfers will take next week off from tournament play as it is the Washoe County School District’s Spring Break. They return to competition April 17 in a tourney at Sierra Sage.
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