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Cougars finish close behind Reno in second at Somersett; Raiders in third
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Matt Perera blasts a shot out of the rough during his round Tuesday at Somersett Golf & Country Club in northwest Reno.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Matt Perera blasts a shot out of the rough during his round Tuesday at Somersett Golf & Country Club in northwest Reno.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed golfer Trevor Wood chips out of the rough during his round Tuesday at Somersett.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed golfer Trevor Wood chips out of the rough during his round Tuesday at Somersett.
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The Spanish Springs boys golf squad shaved 40 strokes off its round from last week, leaving the Cougars feeling positive after their round at Somersett Golf and Country Club in northwest Reno Tuesday.

The vast improvement still wasn’t good enough to knock off Reno during the weekly High Desert League golf tournament. The Huskies totaled a 401, while Spanish Springs was close behind in second with a 410.

“We still would have liked to beat Reno, but we’re happy with our 410,” SSHS boys golf coach Nick Wirshing said. “We cut 40 strokes off last week, so you can’t really ask more than that. We’re pretty happy with our 410. We still wish we could have caught those guys. I think we’re moving in the right direction for sure.”

Not only did Spanish Springs improve as a team, but it got a huge lift from junior Anthony Decker, who led the team with a 77 in just his third tournament back after missing last season due to his battle with cancer.

“He’s back to shooting down in the 70’s, so we’re pretty happy about that,” Wirshing said.

The Cougars’ remaining scorers all finished in the 80’s. Cole Shirley (81), Matt Perera (83), Tommy McAllister (84) and Owen Bartlett (85) rounded out Spanish Springs’ scoring contingent. Drew Hargrove’s 95 did not count toward the team total.

The other Rail City school claimed its third straight third-place finish.

Junior Trevor Wood carded a 78 to pace the Raiders. The rest of the scorers were in the 90’s. Wyatt Koski shot a 91. Nate Daylo, Will Rizzuto and Garrett Marchese finished with a 93, 95 and 97 respectively en route to a team total of 454. The 106 of Travis Page was dropped.

The Huskies’ top two golfers thrived in the nearly perfect conditions Tuesday.

Reno’s David Hinitz carded the low round of the day with a 73. Teammate Patrick Phelps was close behind with a 75. Decker and Wood were third and fourth respectively.

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