By playing conservative golf, the Cougars totaled a 396, seven strokes better than seecond-place McQueen. Reno is in third with a 405 and Galena is close in fourth with a 407. The top two teams qualify for the state tournament.
Leading the way for Spanish Springs was Jordan Gilmore, who is one shot off the lead after carding a 74. Reno’s Jordan Glover is atop the leaderboard with a 73.
All five of the Cougars’ scorers are within the top 18 individual scores.
Anthony Decker’s 78 has him tied for fourth. Jake Ellis shot an 80, while Carson Cooke and Dylan Ernst finished with 82s. Tommy McAllister’s 85 did not count toward the team score.
“Our goal for the day was to play a little conservative on day one and I think we did that,” SSHS boys golf coach Nick Wirshing said. “We had some guys shoot some scores lower than they normally do, which was nice. They kept it out of the water as much as they could. The bottom couple of guys I was really happy with the scores they posted.”
The other Rail City school did not have as much luck with the weather conditions.
Reed’s 438 as a team had it sitting in seventh out of eight teams. The Raiders only trail Carson and Bishop Manogue by five strokes.
Jake Nelson and Trevor Wood led the way for the Blue and Gold by shooting 83’s. Colton King and Anthony Shelton also tied each other, carding 89’s. Jake Day had a 94 to round out the scoring, while Shane Pinkston’s 111 was dropped.
“It was a tough day for us,” Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. “It was rough out there with the weather, and our team as a whole had some inflated scores. It will be tough for us to move on to state, but I’m hoping we’ll bounce back and recover.”
The second and final round of the regional tournament is today.
The top five individuals from non-qualifying schools also earn invites to state. Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno will host the 4A state tourney.