Spanish Springs junior Jordan Gilmore has had success in the past during the state golf tournament, taking the runner-up spot as a freshman. However, this year’s Northern 4A Region champ missed qualifying for state completely last spring by one stroke.
But he made up for last year’s miss Monday, gutting out an even par 72 on the first day of the 4A Nevada State Boys Golf Championship at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno to sit in a tie for third halfway through the tournament.
“He’s used that for motivation all year. He really wanted to improve on the way he finished the year off last year,” SSHS boys golf coach Nick Wirshing said. “He’s been consistent this year. He’s been real driven. Winning state has always been on the top of his list.”
Gilmore was 2-over through three holes, struggling to read the fast greens. Once he figured out the speed of the greens, putts started dropping and his score began falling in a round that included three birdies and three bogeys.
Gilmore entered the turn at 1-over through nine holes, but shot a 35 on the back to finish even for the day. It was even more remarkable considering he only hit two fairways during his round and had to scramble like his golfing life depended on it.
“It was his short game. He scrambled a lot today. He actually only hit two fairways today, so he struggled with his driver,” Wirshing said. “He was spraying it all over the place from the tee, but he was scrambling and saving a lot of pars. It was really impressive considering he didn’t hit it off the tee that well.”
Gilmore will have to catch Bishop Manogue’s Kevin Andrews and Coronado’s A.J. McInerney during today’s final round. Both were under par Monday with a 70 and 71 respectively.
In the team standings, Coronado is enjoying a sizeable lead after totaling a 382, 16 strokes better than second-place Foothill’s 398.
Reno is the top northern Nevada school, holding on to the third position after shooting a 401. Palo Verde is fourth with a 407, while Faith Lutheran and McQueen round out the team scores with a 411 and 412.
Gilmore tees off at 11:30 a.m. today in the third-to-last threesome.
McInerney and Andrews are in the final grouping, which tees off at 11:48 a.m.