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Cougars settle for second at RedHawk
by Tribune Staff
May 03, 2011 | 1096 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Carson Cooke shot an 83 at RedHawk Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Carson Cooke shot an 83 at RedHawk Tuesday.
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Some late afternoon struggles cost the Spanish Springs Cougars a tournament title and High Desert League championship. The SSHS saw a few scores balloon down the stretch of the final HDL boys golf tournament of the spring, Tuesday at RedHawk Golf Club.

Spanish Springs finished with a team score of 396 which left the Cougars in a tie with Reno for the top team spot. Reno won the tiebreaker by having a lower sixth score, which is only counted when two teams tie. Additionally, Reno and Spanish Springs went into the RedHawk tourney tied for Nevada Cup points on the spring. Thanks to its tight win Tuesday, Reno eeks out the team league title.

“To lose in a tiebreaker is super frustrating,” Spanish Springs coach Nick Wirshing said. “And we really had it coming down to the wire. We had a few big holes at the end from a few different guys and we lost a bunch of strokes. It’s frustrating to know every one of those strokes mattered.”

Spanish Springs did have a big bright spot in Jordan Gilmore. The junior carded a round of 68 to win individual medalist honors. The next closest player was second-place finisher Marshall Roenick of McQueen, who shot a 73.

“He had six birdies and two bogeys to get his 68,” Wirshing said. “He was striking the ball well today. He stayed out of trouble. He actually missed a couple short birdie putts or he could’ve had better score. He’s playing really well going into regionals. We’re looking for good scores from him next week.”

Spanish Springs will compete in the Northern 4A Championships Monday and Tuesday to be hosted by Dayton Valley Country Club.

A pair of freshmen, Anthony Decker and Tommy McAllister, turned in solid scores for Spanish Springs at RedHawk, finishing with a 78 and 79 respectively. Carson Cooke turned in a score of 83 for the Cougars. The local school then counted a score of 88 and threw one out Jake Ellis and Dylan Ernst accounted for those two scores.

“I’m really happy with Jordan’s 68 and the play of our two freshmen. Those guys were great,” Wirshing said. “The other scores, from the other three guys, were a little disappointing. Jake Ellis and Dylan Ernst are seniors. It was their last time playing this course, our home course. The 88s were definitely not what we or they were looking for.”

The top two teams, and top five individuals from teams outside the top two, will qualify for the state tournament May 16-17 at Reno’s Hidden Valley Country Club. Wirshing believes his team and Reno from the HDL, along with Manogue and Galena will compete for those two Northern 4A state berths.

“In looking at scores, we’re all really similar with our average

strokes per round. It’s going to be a dogfight. It’s totally up in the air. The two teams that play the best those two days will qualify. It will be really fun and really competitive,” he said.

The Rail City’s other 4A school, Reed, competed at RedHawk Tuesday as well. The Raiders finished fourth in the team standings, managing a score of 441, much better than the 470, which they posted in last week’s HDL tourney at Somersett Country Club in northwest Reno.

“We played much better today, but we’re still not where we’ve been,” Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. “We’ve made such great improvements this season and now we’re taking a step back. But we’ll work to get back and get some individual time next week. That will help get us back on track going to regionals.”

Reed’s scoring contingent Tuesday was comprised of Colton King’s 80, Jake Nelson’s 86, Trevor Wood’s 87, Jake Day’s 91 and Anthony Shelton’s 97. The Raiders threw out the score of Shane Pinkston, a 99.

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