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Winds wreak havoc at state golf
by Tribune Staff
May 17, 2011 | 851 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior golfer Jordan Gilmore watches his tee shot sail away on the first hole.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior golfer Jordan Gilmore watches his tee shot sail away on the first hole.
Mother Nature did not due any favors for the field on Day 2 of the 4A Boys State Golf Championships. Tuesday’s gusting winds inflated scores for most of the field and left shot-making a tough task at Reno’s Hidden Valley Country Club, the host venue for the two-day tournament.

Spanish Springs’ Jordan Gilmore turned in a score of 72 Monday, good for a tie for third place. He wasn’t so lucky Tuesday. The Cougars junior posted a score of 82 on his second round. It was the High Desert League player of the year’s highest one-round total of the spring season.

“It was really tough conditions out there today,” SSHS coach Nick Wirshing said. “And Jordan went off late so he had bad conditions the whole round. By far, those were the toughest conditions the kids have played in all year. It was extremely windy, and rainy at times. There were guys who would mark their ball, stand over it and watch it roll away because of the wind.

Gilmore’s two-day total of 154 left him ninth overall. He echoed Wirshing’s sentiments regarding the lackluster playing conditions.

“Those were the worst conditions by far,” he said. “If a putt was downhill, you could blow it 20 feet by. It wasn’t fair. I’d have rather hit a 100-yard iron or wedge shot than a two-footer. It was just brutal.”

Wirshing said the staff at Hidden Valley had its track in pristine shape, stressing the inclement weather put a damper on the day.

“The course was in great shape. It was beautiful out there,” Wirshing said. “It was just the wind and overall weather. Before today, the greens were rolling nice and everything was in good shape. It was the 30-40 mile per hour winds that made it real tough.”

Wirshing went as far as to say some less-than-perfect conditions may have even helped northern Nevada golfers like Gilmore, but that Tuesday’s conditions were unbearable.

“I think a little bit of rain and cold wind might have been OK,” Wirshing said. “The Las Vegas kids are not used to that but it was a little over the top, a little too hard for everybody today.”

Gilmore was thankful he is just a junior. Two years ago as a freshman he finished second at state after losing in a playoff. Last year, he just missed qualifying for state. He is happy he’ll get one more crack at chasing a state title next spring as a senior, when the state golf rotation moves to a southern Nevada venue.

“I’m definitely glad I’ve still got next year,” Gilmore said. “The weather should be much nicer and hopefully, I’ll get a better opportunity.”

Taylor Montgomery of Foothill wound up winning the overall medalist honors, going 73, 72-145. That mark bested second-place finishers Zane Thomas of Arbor View (72, 76-148) and AJ McInerney of Coronado (71, 77-148), the defending state champion.

Coronado won the team title with a two-day total of 781. Palo Verde was second at 806.
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