Shane Pyle was right on target earlier this month when he predicted back-to-back scores in the low 80s would be good enough to advance past the Northern Division I Region Boys Golf Tournament.
Pyle and Douglas High School teammate Colin Brooks did even better Wednesday when they finished the region tournament at Thunder Canyon Country Club with top-10 performances and earned the right to move on and play in the NIAA State Championships. Pyle, a senior, finished the 36-hole event at 157 and Brooks shot 159 to secure individual qualifying berths.
The top two teams and five individuals from non-qualifying teams will play Wednesday and Thursday at the state championships at Mountain Falls Golf Club in Pahrump.
Pyle finished strong with his 5-over par 77 under ideal conditions Wednesday at the Washoe Valley course. Coupled with his 80 on Tuesday, he made the cut by three shots.
“I defnitely could have played better, but I am satisfied that I qualified,” Pyle said. “I didn’t really do anything special. I was just out there grinding it out.”
Then again, Pyle knew from previous experience a two-round score around 160 would be needed to qualify. Two years ago, he missed the state cut by three shots. Last year he shot 161 to grab an individual berth.
Brooks shot an opening-round 78 on Tuesday and closed with an 81 to earn his first state berth.
“It was great to see Colin make it as a sophomore,” Pyle said. “I know he’s excited.”
Douglas finished seventh as a team with a two-day score of 878. Bishop Manogue had five of its scoring players crack the individual top-10 to successfully defend its team title with a 758, while Galena took the runner-up spot (832).
“The weather was great and the course played great,” Pyle said. “Thunder Canyon is a fantastic course.”
Manogue’s Nick Turner earned medalist honors with his 2-over par 146, two shots better than Reed’s Trevor Wood. Turner, the runner-up at the 2013 region tournament at Red Hawk Resort, shot 1-under 71 on Wednesday. Defending champion Harrison Holetz of Manogue finished fourth at 150.
Senior Zander Ghan was the third finisher for Douglas at 172, including an opening-round 82. Jaden Wass shot 192, Jarod Endter 198 and Jake Wartgow 226 for the Tigers.