Incline golf | Shorthanded team runner-up at Fernley
1. Whittell, 448
2. Incline, 455
3. North Tahoe, 460
4. Sierra Lutheran, 479
5. Yerington, 502
6. Sage Ridge, 572
7. Hawthorne, 579
Led by three golfers in the top four, the Highlanders finished second in a Northern Division III tournament at Fernley last Thursday, despite last not being able to field a complete squad.
Competing with the minimum of five individuals, the Highlanders posted a collective team score of 455. Whittell took the win with a low score of 448, and North Tahoe was third at 460. They were followed by Sierra Lutheran (479), Yerington (502), Sage Ridge (572) and Hawthorne (579).
Incline coach Joe Humasti said that three Incline players were unable to compete. Beginning golfer Jeremy Goldberg stepped in and saved the day, however.
“The coaching staff and the rest of the team were very proud of the way Jeremy played,” Humasti said, adding that without Goldberg, who shot a 133, the Highlanders would have finished last with no team score.
Incline junior Mitchell Cornell once again led the field, as he earned tournament medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70.
Yerington’s Griffin Cooper finished runner-up with an even-par 72, while Incline’s Dylan Smith and Bryan Golombik each carded 78s before Smith won a tiebreaker for third. Incline’s Peter Larson shot a 96.
With one league tournament remaining in the regular season, Humasti said the Highlanders are focused on one goal: qualifying for the state championship. State qualification is based on results from the Northern Division III regional championship, scheduled for May 6 at Elko’s Ruby View Golf Course. State will be held at Incline’s Championship Course on May 11-12.
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