Boys golf experiences emotional roller coaster
Members of the Douglas High School boys golf team experienced the emotional roller coaster that their game is this week with three very different performances on consecutive days.
The Tigers played up to their potential Tuesday at Rosewood Lakes in Reno, picking up the school’s first big tournament title in recent memory. The team of Greg Bodenstein, Markus Zinke, Matt Shallenberger, Jason Doering and Mike Bransteller posted a team score of 345, good enough to bring home the championship trophy from the Bob Porter Memorial.
Galena also shot 345, but Douglas won because its fifth score was better. Reno (348), Hug (349), Sparks (365), Fallon (375) and Wooster (377) rounded out the top seven. Shallenberger shot 80 and tied for the medalist honor after regulation play, but he lost on the second hole of a playoff.
Douglas head coach Tim Davis was unable to attend the event at Rosewood because of a work commitment at Genoa Lakes. He said assistant coach Mark Zinke has had a very positive impact on the program and has been there when needed.
The Tigers finished sixth in the 14-team (Carson High School) Dick Stoddard Invitational played Wednesday and Thursday at Eagle Valley in Carson City. They shot 434 and stood in seventh place after the first round, but came back and shot a school-record score of 390 in the second round and moved up one place.
Bishop O’Dowd shot 405 on the first day and 382 on the second day and won the team crown going away with a total score of 787. Davis (412-384-796), Carson (415-383-798), Eureka (412-386-798) and Oakdale (420-394-814) rounded out the top five.
The cold winds and testy links-style West Course ate up most of the players Wednesday as only seven in the field of 84 shot in the 70s. Matt Park of Bishop O’Dowd shot 34 on the front side and 38 on the back side for an even-par round of 72. Park’s quick-start, slow-finish round was indicative on how most of the competitors did as the winds picked up in the late morning hours.
Douglas junior Markus Zinke, who started on the back side, was even through eight holes, but finished his first side in 40. He shot 45 during the second nine holes.
Bodenstein led the Tigers with a 46-37 round of 83. Doering shot 86, Bransteller shot 89 and Brandon Goles sot 91 to round out the Tigers’ scoring. Shallenberger’s 92 was discarded.
Josh Nahm and Daniel Timmons of Carson each carded 4-over 76s. Davis had two players break 80 while Eureka and Oakdale each had one in the 70s. Bishop O’Dowds other four counting scores on the first day were 81, 82, 83 and 87. Galena’s top two players shot 80 and 81.
The Tigers came out roaring Thursday under ideal scoring conditions on the East Course, but they faded a little bit down the stretch.
Bodenstein bogeyed the first hole but parred the next eight to shoot 37 on the front. Zinke, who started on the back nine, birdied two of the first four holes, to go along with one bogey, and also shot 37 on his opening nine. Shallenberger and Goles were just one over through their first six holes.
For the first time in the program’s history, four Tigers broke 80 in the same round. Bodenstein finished with a 75, Zinke with a 77, and Goles and Shallenberger each finished with a 79. Doering’s 80 was used and Bransteller’s 86 was discarded.
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