Incline golf | Mitchell Cornell claims regional title
Northern Division III regional championships
1. Battle Mountain, 427
2. Incline, 429
3. Whittell, 479
4. North Tahoe, 489
5. Wells, 510
6. Sierra Lutheran, 519
7. Yerington, 581
8. Jackpot, 700
Mineral County and Sage Ridge did not have complete teams.
1. Mitchell Cornell, Incline, 70
2. Griffin Cooper, Yerington, 73
3. Braedan Crotteau, Battle Mountain, 77
4. Bryan Golombik, Incline 78
5. Dylan Smith, Incline, 78
6. Quinn Earley, North Tahoe, 80
Incline junior Mitchell Cornell topped the field at Elko’s Ruby View Golf Course on Wednesday to defend his Northern Division III title.
Cornell fired a 70, which was three strokes better than runner-up Griffin Cooper of Yerington (73).
Incline’s Bryan Golombik and Dylan Smith did not finish far behind. Golombik placed fourth with a 78. Smith was fifth with the same score. Braedan Crotteau of Battle Mountain was third with a 77.
With three golfers in the top five, the Highlanders finished second as a team just two strokes behind Battle Mountain, 429-427. Whittell, which came in at 479, placed third to earn the third and final seed into the Division III-IV state championship tournament.
Johnny Lockhardt shot a 99 for the Highlanders, while Peter Larson carded a 104 and Nico Cruz 107.
Among other team scores, North Tahoe finished fourth, one spot away from a state berth, with a 489. Wells was fifth at 510 and was followed by Sierra Lutheran (519), Yerington (581) and Jackpot (700).
The top five golfers from non-qualifying teams also qualified to compete in the state tournament.
The Division III state championship will be contested at Incline Village’s Championship Course on Monday and Tuesday. Play begins at 10:30 a.m. on Monday and 11:30 on Tuesday.