Douglas High seniors Shane Pyle and Zander Ghan are looking forward to their final home golf tournament today at Genoa Lakes Golf Club.
The final Sierra League regular season event is scheduled to tee off at 3 p.m. on the Lakes course with Bishop Manogue, Galena, Carson, Damonte Ranch and Wooster joining the Tigers.
“We want to play really well,” said Pyle, a fourth-year veteran of the Douglas golf program. “It’s our home course so we want to play well and then head into regionals.”
Of course, the Tigers would like to come through May 13-14 at the Northern Division I Region Tournaament with big performances at the Thunder Canyon Country Club that will extend their season one more week.
The top two teams and five individuals from non-qualifying teams will move on to play at the NIAA State Championships May 21-22 at the Mountain Falls Golf Club in Pahrump. The Tigers had an opportunity to play Mountain Falls last month during the Pahrump Valley Invitational — Pyle and Ghan are focused on returning to close out their high school careers at the state tournament.
And they are excited about playing the regional on Thunder Canyon’s par-72 6,731-yard (Nevada/gold tees) course.
“I played it yesterday and it was beautiful,” Ghan said. “It’s a great course.”
“I love playing Thunder Canyon,” Pyle added. “It plays harder than most region courses ... to qualify (for state) will probably take two rounds in the low 80s. A couple of 81s, I think, might be good enough to qualify, and I should be able to do that.”
The Tigers are coming off their best performance of the season Friday at Edgewood Tahoe, where they shot a team total of 422 for second-place at the Whittell-hosted Parker Fox Memorial.
Pyle shot 5-over par 77 to finish tied for second-place — he was awarded the second-place medal by virtue of his better score on the highest handicap hole. Each of the team’s five scoring players broke 100, as Ghan shot 83, Colin Brooks 85, Jace Hart 87, Jaden Wass 90 and Jarod Endter 96. Hart had a big day for the Tigers as he emerged as the team’s No. 4 scorer with an 87, improving his previous best score this season by 14 shots.
Lowry, the two-time defending Division I-A state champion, carded a 400 team score to win the tournament.