Last year, the Cougars saw their Day 1 lead go up in smoke during the final round of the 4A Northern Region Boys Golf Championship as four teams shot better than the local squad on the second day. The Purple and Silver fell all the way to fourth overall.
Spanish Springs returned to the course Monday much more prepared and focused and have a comfortable hold on second place after carding a 414, the team’s best round of the year. The top two teams qualify for the state tournament and Bishop Manogue made it a fight for second place after shooting a first-round 371.
“Basically, holes 7, 8 and 9 were a big problem for us last year. We had a real good game plan, really on all the holes,” SSHS boys golf coach Nick Wirshing said. “We did a good job following the game plan and staying out of the water as much as we could on those danger holes, just playing those holes as safe as we could. I think four of our guys shot their best rounds of the year by following the game plan and going out and executing.”
Leading the way for the Cougars was senior Jordan Gilmore who finished the first round of regionals with a 72, putting him in third as an individual.
Tommy McAllister shot an 81. Cole Shirley had a 83, while Owen Bartlett and Matt Beebe rounded out the scoring with an 88 and 90. Matt Perera’s 96 was thrown out as the non-counting round.
While the Cougars have a 14-stroke lead over third-place Reno, the team that won every High Desert League tournament this spring, they know they can’t rest today during the second round.
“Today after the round we were happy where we’re at right now, but we definitely talked about staying focused and coming out tomorrow and doing the same thing we did today,” Wirshing said. “If we come out thinking we don’t need to be focused, that’s what happened last year.”
Reed also qualified for the regional tourney, but its usually solid top golfers faltered some Monday, while the rest of the crew picked up some strokes.
In the end, the Raiders finished with a 458, their third best round of the year.
Sophomore Trevor Wood, the second best golfer in the HDL this year, wasn’t even the top performer for his team Monday. His 88 was second behind fellow sophomore Wyatt Koski.
Junior Garrett Marchese and seniors Dylan McKenzie and Dave Hibler shot 92, 93 and 98 respectively. Tyler Carnahan’s 106 was dropped.
“Tomorrow I’d like to see those guys who shot career bests, Wyatt and Garrett, take things to another level,” Reed boys golf coach Nick Nemsgern said. “All the boys are looking to go lower. They were all a little frustrated. The number one thing I’m looking for is probably my stick, sophomore Trevor Wood. I need him to go out there and play like he has all season.”