Incline golfers tee off for state
Incline High School’s six golfers teed off for two days of competition at the NIAA 2A Nevada State Boys Golf Championship on May 15-16.
The Highlanders came into the state tournament on the heels of capturing the 2A Northern Region championship on May 12, and rode that momentum to a two-day score of 999 for fifth place at Eagle Valley Golf Course’s West Course in Carson City, Nev.
Satchel Hirch led Incline with an 11-over par 155 for fourth place individually, as the golfers competed from the blue tees at Eagle Valley’s 6,421-yard, par-72 West Course.
Hirch, who was runner-up at the district tournament, fired a 72 on the first day to hold a share of the lead going into the second round. He’d birdie the par-3, fifth and seventh holes, and also birdie the par-4, 10th hole.
After carding a 35 on the front nine to open the final round, including a birdie on the par-5, eighth hole, Hirch began his back nine with pars on the 10th and 11th holes, before bogeying the par-5, 12th hole.
With a shot at capturing the individual title still in his sights, Hirch would falter on the par-3, 13th hole, carding a 10.
Hirch bounced back with a par on the next hole, and went on to finish his round with an 83.
Yerington’s Griffin Cooper won the tournament with a 148, followed by female golfer, Veronica Joels of The Meadows with a 154, and Wendover’s Braden Price with a 155.
Price and Hirch each finished their tournament with a score of 155, but because Price finished seven strokes better than Hirch on the final round’s back nine, Price was awarded the third-place finish.
Lake Mead’s team won the state title, defeating the five other squads with a score of 895.
Peter Larson had the next lowest score for the Highlanders with a 199. Larson followed up his first-round score of 102 with a 97 on the second day.
Matt Poalillo had the next lowest score for Incline with a 200, followed by Zach Pexa, Paul Larson and Cooper Lyons.