Reed’s team total of 455, was a shot off its best number for the year, but Nemsgern said considering Wednesday’s effort came on a longer, tougher course in windy conditions, it was definitely his squad’s best showing.
“We are real excited about that,” Nemsgern said. “We had only been third one other time and this really helps us solidify our spot to go to regionals as a team.”
Reed finished fifth in the first two HDL tournaments of the spring, but bounced back with a third and fourth-place finish in its two tournaments prior to Wednesday’s event on Reed’s home course of Hidden Valley. The top four HDL teams advance to the Northern 4A Championships in two weeks. If Reed finishes in the top four at next week’s final regular season HDL tourney, it will clinch a regional team berth.
Reed’s Trevor Wood finished third in Wednesday’s field with a score of 80, a mark he was less than thrilled with after getting saddled with a double bogey on his final hole. Still, his round was Reed’s best individual score.
Dylan McKenzie was up next for Reed. His score of 90 was a career best. Wyatt Koski shot a 93 for Reed. Garrett Marchese finished with a 95, also a career best. The Raiders’ final scoring individual was Dave Hibler, who carded a 97. Reed’s sixth and non-counting score was the 102 of Tyler Carnahan.
“We got every one of our qualifying scores under 100 and that’s obviously why our team total was so much better today,” Nemsgern said.
Reno was the top scoring team at Hidden Valley Wednesday. The Huskies team score of 419 was just better than the 423 of Spanish Springs. After Reed’s 455 came McQueen and North Valleys with scores of 467 and 493 respectively.
Spanish Springs senior Jordan Gilmore took home the top prize, earning individual medalist honors, thanks to a two-under par round of 70. Reno sophomore Pat Phelts was the only other play to post a score in the 70s after carding a 74.
“Jordan actually had a little bit of up and down round, but he scored well,” Spanish Springs coach Nick Wirshing said. “He had three birdies, an eagle and three bogeys. Having those birdie and eagle holes really is getting him where we want to have him for regionals.”
Tommy McCallister shot an 81 for Spanish Springs to finish fourth overall. The rest of the Spanish Springs scoring contingent was made up of Cole Shirley (89), Tyler Clemens (91) and Matt Perea (92). The SSHS squad did not count the 93 of Owen Bartlett.
“The 423 is a season best,” Wirshing said. “The course was in great shape but honestly we were a little more focused top to bottom. Our 4-5-6 guys stepped up with lower scores. They really picked us up to where I think we’ve needed to be all year long.”
The Reed coaching staff could not have been much happier with Wednesday’s festivities.
“We had a great tournament out there at Hidden Valley today,” Nemsgern said of the overall event. “It was the shortest tournament of the year. The boys got done in about four hours and 15 minutes. It was nice to see the pace of play keep up with USGA guidelines. That was a real positive. The kids could get in a rhythm.
“The wind was pretty strong, between 20 and 25 all day, but the scores were still decent, which tells you, if the kids get in a rhythm, regardless of the conditions, they can put up good scores.”