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Spanish Springs leads state golf after first round
by Tribune Staff
May 20, 2009 | 571 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Spanish Springs senior Robert Perea chips out of a green side bunker on the 17th hole at Red Hawk Golf Club Wednesday during first-round action of the Nevada 4A State Championships.
Tribune photo by John Byrne Spanish Springs senior Robert Perea chips out of a green side bunker on the 17th hole at Red Hawk Golf Club Wednesday during first-round action of the Nevada 4A State Championships.
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The Spanish Springs boys golf team just wanted to be in position to win a state title after Day 1 of the Nevada 4A State Championships. Not only did the Cougars shoot well enough to stay in the hunt for a title, they paced the field, putting together a team score of 373 Wednesday at RedHawk Golf Club.

“I’m very excited,” Spanish Springs coach Victor Sherbondy said. “Most of our guys played really well today. We played with a lot of confidence and had a lot of fun. We left a few shots out there, but overall it was a really good day.”

Sunrise Region champion Coronado is in second place with a 376 after round one of the two-day tournament. Bishop Manogue, which narrowly beat Spanish Springs last week thanks to a tiebreaker at the Northern 4A tourney, is well back in third with a 393.

Coronado freshman AJ McInerny posted a three-under par 69 to lead the field after the first round. A pair of Spanish Springs players is right behind. SSHS freshman Jordan Gilmore sits second after carding a first-round 71. Cougars senior Ren Wilson is in third with a 72.

The rest of the Spanish Springs scoring contingent was impressive as well. Anthony Pair shot a 76 while Robert Perea and Gatlin Harris turned in scores of 77. The Cougars’ sixth and non-counting score was a 79 by Dylan Ernst. Sherbondy believed it was just the second time in the past 10 years a northern Nevada team has thrown out a score in the 70s.

The Cougars’ one day round total of 373 was its second-best mark of the season, bested only by the 367 it finished with at D’Andrea earlier this spring.

“The conditions were good,” Sherbondy said. “There was a slight breeze that cooled things off so it was very pleasant, very nice. There were a few holes toward the end where gusts came up a little bit and affected the ball flight but overall the day was very good weather wise. With tomorrow’s early tee times I expect it to be even better."
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