Incline golf | Schwartz, Kelly lead Highlanders to regional title at Eagle Valley |
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Incline golf | Schwartz, Kelly lead Highlanders to regional title at Eagle Valley

The Incline girls golf team won the regional title Tuesday in Carson City. From lefto to right are Karyss Thompson, Lauren Keller, Brooke Ruhl, Christine Schwartz, Bridgette Johnson, Tori Findlen, Kennedy Cohn and coach Joe Humasti. Devi Meyers is not pictured.

The Incline girls didn't need their No. 1 player to earn the Northern Division III regional golf title.

Playing without junior Devi Meyers, who was stung by a bee and did not compete, the Incline girls posted a low score of 430 between their top four scorers at the regional championship tournament in Carson City on Tuesday.

The young Incline squad stepped up in Meyers' absence.

Incline freshman Christine Schwartz edged out junior teammate Lauren Kelly by one stroke to capture the low medalist honors, carding a 100 to Keller's 101, while Kennedy Cohn posted a 114 and Tori Findlen a 115 to round out the top four scores (the amount used for the team result). Brooke Ruhl came in at 122.

"I'm really proud of all the girls," said Incline coach Joe Humasti. "That was a total team effort. They all performed well without Devi and gave it their best shot. I was very pleased with their play."

Battle Mountain, which posted a team score of 507, finished runner-up to Incline to earn the second and final seed in the Division III state championship. The two-day tournament will be contested out at West Wendover's Toana Vista Golf Course on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18.

Yerington was third with a 605. North Tahoe did not have a complete team.

While the top two teams advanced, the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams also earned state berths. They included North Tahoe's Abbi Johnson, who shot a 116 Tuesday, and Yerington's Lillian Klain (135), Shelby Hawkin (138), Blanca Guzman (156) and Areli Sanchez (176).

"Overall I am very pleased with the way our team responded to the pressure of a regional tournament," Humasti said. "The play of Brooke, Christine, Kennedy, Lauren and Tori impressed our coaching staff and showed the importance of team play."

Meyers is scheduled to play in the state tournament.