Unfortunately for the Purple and Silver, it had to take a back seat to three other schools after Tuesday’s disappointing final round.
The Cougars fell from first place all the way to fourth and missed out on a chance to qualify for the state tournament as one of the North’s top two teams after totaling a 410 Tuesday.
“I think it was just nerves,” SSHS golf coach Nick Wirshing said after his team’s collapse. “We were playing pretty well and then we missed a few shots toward the end. We went in the water a couple times and that’s all it took.
“There were only nine strokes between first and fourth. It was real competitive. It was a fun day. It just didn’t turn out our way.”
All was not lost for the Cougars. Junior Jordan Gilmore won the individual crown, following up his Day 1 74 with a 71 to move up from second to first and finished with a 145.
“Jordan was 4-under through 16 holes, but he had a couple tough holes at the end. He had it in control, so it wasn’t that big of a deal,” Wirshing said. “He putted better today. He struck the ball really well.”
Tommy McAllister had the second lowest score on the day for Spanish Springs after having his 85 dropped a day earlier. His second-round 78 gave him a two-day total of 163.
Anthony Decker had a 78 in the first round only to follow that up with an 83, finishing with the Cougars’ second-best overall score of 161. Decker missed out on qualifying for state as an individual by four strokes. Gilmore will be the lone Rail City golfer at next week’s state tournament at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno.
Jake Ellis (80-87—167) and Carson Cooke (82-91—173) were the other two counting scores for Spanish Springs Tuesday. Dylan Ernst’s 98, which was 16 strokes higher than his first-round score, was not counted. He ended up with a 180 total.
McQueen won the tournament with a two-day total of 797. Reno also qualified for state with an 801, while Galena snuck ahead of SSHS for third after totaling an 805.
Reed, which was only five shots out of fifth behind Bishop Manogue and Carson after Monday’s action, did not bring its ‘A’ game again. The Raiders’ round of 445 left them in a distant seventh at 883. The Miners turned in the second-best final round with a 396, two shots behind the Lancers, but still took fifth overall.
Trevor Wood led the Blue and Gold. His 162 total (83-79) put him in a tie for 14th, one shot behind Spanish Springs’ Decker.
Colton King shaved nine strokes off his first-round score (89-80—169). Jake Nelson (83-88—171), Anthony Shelton (89-97—186) and Jake Day (94-101—195) were the other scorers for the RHS crew. Shane Pinkston’s 109 did not count.