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Wood, Perera qualify for state boys golf
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne -- Reed's Trevor Wood shot a 78 Tuesday at RedHawk, qualifying him for the state tournament next week.
Tribune photo by John Byrne -- Reed's Trevor Wood shot a 78 Tuesday at RedHawk, qualifying him for the state tournament next week.
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Bishop Manogue made the Resort at RedHawk its home away from home for two days and blitzed the boys golf field en route to a regional championship. Protecting a five-stroke lead after Day 1, the Miners left the competition in their dust by totaling a 370 in the second round, helped by individual medalist Harrison Holetz‘s 70.

The top three golfers all came from the private Catholic school.

Manogue’s two-day total of 767 was well ahead of second-place Reno’s 828 after the Huskies carded a 426 Tuesday. The two Reno schools will represent the North at next week’s state tournament.

The Spanish Springs boys golf team played itself out of contention on the first day of the regional tournament, but the Cougars rebounded Tuesday and showed what they could do. Spanish Springs shaved 42 strokes off its first-round total and shot a 403, the second best team total on Tuesday. Still, the local school remained in sixth place with an 848 total, well ahead of seventh-place Reed’s 889.

“It was a much better day for us,” SSHS boys golf coach Nick Wirshing said. “The guys just played really loose today. We talked about how we have everybody coming back next year. I wanted them to play really well today to show what they can do next year. They had nothing to lose, so they went out there and played aggressive.”

Leading the charge was sophomore Matt Perera, who shot his first sub-80 round of the year and picked a good time. His 75 in the final round gave him a two-day total of 161, which put him in a tie for fifth place among individuals from non-qualifying schools. That means he’s going to state.

“It was a really impressive round for him,” Wirshing said. “He just seemed really loose today. He putted really well. He was sticking a lot of balls close, so he had a lot of short putts. Improving 11 strokes like that, we weren’t even thinking he had much of a chance to go to state, but throwing a 75 up there, put him right in the hunt and he just made it. He had the right mental approach today.”

Cole Shirley missed the cut for state by one stroke. The junior totaled a 162 after Tuesday’s 78. A double bogey likely cost him a shot at making state.

“Cole really wanted to make it. He was one shot out, so he’s really bummed,” Wirshing said. “He’ll be one of the top players in the North next year, I’m sure of it.”

Spanish Springs also counted the scores from juniors Anthony Decker (80) and Tommy McAlister (80) and sophomore Owen Bartlett (90). Jake Keady’s 96 was dropped.

Reed also improved on its first-round performance, finishing with a 435 Tuesday.

The Raiders will also send a golfer to state after Trevor Wood shot an 80 and 78 over the two days to finish in ninth overall with a 158 total.

Freshman Nate Daylo also was looking at punching a ticket to state but went the wrong way during his second round, shooting an 89 for a 172 total.

Wyatt Koski shot back-to-back rounds of 88. Travis Page also carded an 88 Tuesday, while Will Rizzuto and Garrett Marchese both had 92s.

“This number today was by far our best showing of this entire season,” Reed boys golf coach Nick Nemsgern said. “As a team, it shows me that this season was a growth process. We really did gain a lot of skills and course management. We had a boy make state, and that’s the cherry on top. In terms of the growth, there’s not another team in northern Nevada whose scores dropped as much as ours if you average the first couple tournaments and then the last three or four tournaments.

“I could not be more pleased with my team. There are some great golfers and some great teams up here. I’m not going to put us in that upper echelon, but in terms of good boys and just working hard and doing the right things, they’re a great group of kids. I’ve been happy to coach them all year.”

Sierra Sage will host state Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
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