Not only did Shane Pyle close the book on his golf career at Douglas High School on an upbeat note Thursday in Pahrump, he literally added some icing to his birthday cake.
Pyle shot 3-over par 75 for his final round — capped by a birdie on the 18th hole to help celebrate his 18th birthday — at the NIAA Division I Boys Golf State Championships and finished 22nd overall at 9-over par 153 for 36 holes at Mountain Falls Golf Club.
Colin Brooks also improved on Thursday, as the sophomore shot 82 to finish at 168 overall.
The 18th hole provided a great finish for Pyle, who hit an 8 iron to about six feet away on his approach shot.
“That left me a tricky left-to-right downhill slider for a birdie,” Pyle said. “It was a very difficult putt, especially with so many people watching me finish out. To make a birdie on the final hole of my high school career, and on my birthday, was very special.”
Arbor View junior Van Thomas shot 4-under par 140 (69-71) to earn medalist honors. Pyle’s score tied for third best among players from the North. Bishop Manogue’s Nick Turner shot 145, Galena’s Gill Naryan 149 and Reed’s Trevor Wood 153.
Pyle, who will move on in the fall to Montana State and concentrate on mechanical engineering, stood 29th at the end of the first round after shooting 78.
“I owe a lot to the Douglas golf program, and to coach (Corey) Thacker for helping our team so much this season,” Pyle said.