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Manogue makes history to win boys golf state championship
by Damian Tromerhauser
May 15, 2013 | 2111 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Trevor Wood hits out of a bunker on the 18th hole during the final round of the Division I Boys Golf State Tournament.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Trevor Wood hits out of a bunker on the 18th hole during the final round of the Division I Boys Golf State Tournament.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Matt Perera prepares to putt during the final round of the D-I Boys Golf State Tournament.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Matt Perera prepares to putt during the final round of the D-I Boys Golf State Tournament.
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Entering the second and final day of the Division I State Boys Golf Tournament at Sierra Sage Golf Course, the hopes of a northern team grabbing a state championship looked slim. Bishop Manogue sat in fourth place, 19 shots behind first place Foothill, while Reno was in sixth in a 35-shot hole. Then the Miners etched their names in the record books.

Behind the lowest total score in one round, Manogue stormed back to erase the 19-shot deficit and take the Division I crown by four shots. After shooting a 384 on Day 1, the Miners shot five-under par as a team for a history-setting low of 350. The BMHS win ended Coronado High School’s streak of three straight titles and made the Miners the first north team to win state since Spanish Springs in 2009. Bishop Manogue’s 734 bested second-place Foothill’s 738, while Coronado finished in third at 751.

Individually, Spanish Springs and Reed qualified one golfer each. Unfortunately, Cougar sophomore Matt Perera and Raider junior Trevor Wood turned in performances that both golfers would rather forget, turning in totals of 171 and 169, respectively. The top individual honor went to Foothill’s Taylor Montgomery, who finished the tournament at 136.

After shooting 17 over par for an 88 on Day 1, Wood finished the state tourney with an 81, good for 47th overall out of 54.

“I did better than yesterday, so that’s decent I guess,” Wood said. “It was a good season. I made my goal of making state.”

Despite the unsatisfying results, Wood said the state experience can be used to build toward next year.

“I can build on it for next year,” he said. “I want to just get more consistent and get back to state and medal in regionals.”

Reed coach Nick Nemsgern shared the same belief.

“I think yesterday he was tight. Physically, I think the nerves got him,” Nemsgern said. “He might have had four good swings yesterday and I know he was disappointed and it shook him a little bit. Today though he came out and his warm-up session was fantastic. He got out there and hit the ball solid. He really had a better day today and a better showing of his season.

“He can definitely use that and now focus on building that mental toughness. If he wants to play at the next level, he needs to work hard this summer and be able to compete on the big stage and I think he can. So now it’s back to the drawing board.”

For SSHS, Perera followed his 87 in the first round with an 84 on Day 2, finishing state with a 48th-place finish.

“I guess it’s better to end it with a better score than I hit yesterday,” Perera said. “The wind was kind of hard, but it was still my game to play.”

Like Wood, Perera said he can apply his experience at state toward improving next season.

“I’m going to work hard over the summer to get better,” he said. “It was great to end the year with going to state and end on a positive note for next year, but I definitely want to get my scores lower.”

Spanish Springs coach Nick Wirshing said regardless of his performance at state, Perera was a success this season overall.

“Matt was actually our No. 4 golfer pretty much all year, so for him to play so well at regionals, he really earned his spot at state,” Wirshing said. “For him as a sophomore to qualify as an individual it’s just really a big honor. It gives him a lot to build on the next couple of years.

“He’s really a driven kid. He improved a ton between his freshman and sophomore years. I know he’s excited to go play in a bunch of summer tournaments and I know he’ll be out on the course almost every day. So he’ll come back bigger, stronger and more focused next year. I think he’s got a bright future.”
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