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Incline golf | Cornell ties Division DIII record in Fernley

Incline sophomore Mitchell Cornell tied an NIAA Division III record by shooting a 5-under-par 67 at Desert Lakes Golf Course in Fernley on Friday.
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Mitchell Cornell was on fire in Fernley this past Friday.

The Incline sophomore carded a 5-under-par 67 at Desert Lakes Golf Course, which tied a Division III, 18-hole record for the lowest winning score in relation to par.

“From tee to green he played very well,” said longtime Incline coach Joe Humasti, who said the score was the lowest he’s seen in his many years of coaching. “Mitchell has excellent course management. He sets himself up for second and third shots and doesn’t just go all out, and that attributes to his low scores. He also has an excellent short game.”

According to the NIAA record book, Cornell’s 5-under-par puts him in a tie in Division III history with Maxwell Marsico of The Meadows (2007) and Remington Kaylor of Needles (2002), both of whom fired 5-under-par 65s.

Former Incline golfer Justin Holets previously held the Northern Division III record with a 3-under-par 69, which he shot at Ruby View Golf Course in Elko in 2009.

Cornell wasn’t the only Highlander on his game Friday. Sophomore teammate Bryan Golombik posted a career-best 74, while junior Dylan Smith shot a 76 for the third consecutive week.

“Our top three golfers are continuing to play well each week, and our young freshmen are also improving their scores and working hard,” Humasti said.

Among Incline’s freshmen contingent, Peter Larson shot a 108, Johnny Lockard 112 and Brandon Swick 129 as the Highlanders took the team win with a low score of 437.

Sierra Lutheran was second at 543, North Tahoe third at 545 and Fernley fourth at 560. Dayton, Mineral County and Yerington, which hosted the tournament, did not have complete teams.

Griffin Cooper from Yerington carded the second-best score of the tourney, with a 70.

Incline will compete next Thursday, April, 24, in Dayton.