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Incline golf: Highlanders look to defend state title

Staff report

The Incline boys golf team's title defense begins Thursday.

In order to achieve their goal of back-to-back state championships, the Highlanders must first advance past the Division III state qualifier at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

The top three Northern DIII teams from Edgewood, as well as the top three Southern teams from their own regional tournament, qualify for state, which is scheduled for May 17-18 at Mountain Falls Golf Course in Pahrump. In addition, the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams — North and South — also advance to the state tournament.

Incline competed most recently in a mixed-division invitational at Edgewood Tahoe last Thursday. Due to rainy conditions, however, the Highlanders left early and did not record a complete score.

The previous week the Highlanders posted their lowest score of the season, coming in at 423, in a league tournament at Eagle Valley Golf Club in Carson City. The score topped second-place Whittell by 33 strokes.

Incline's most threatening competition from the North could be rival North Tahoe, which placed third out of 17 Division III and Division I-A teams last week at Edgewood and has played Incline tough all season.

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"North Tahoe is going to be a tough team to beat this year," longtime Incline coach Joe Humasti said after the season-opening tournament — in which the Highlanders topped the Lakers by four strokes. "We were very impressed with their play. It should make for a competitive league, which is good."

Individually, Incline senior and defending state champion Mitchell Cornell is set to face stiff competition in the postseason from teammate Bryan Golombik, Yerington's Griffin Cooper, and North Tahoe's Quinn Earley and Murphy Scott, among others.

Go online to http://www.sierrasun.com for an update after Thursday's Division III state qualifier.