Mayotte shows progress at region golf
Tobin Mayotte has come a long way this spring for the Douglas High boys golf team.
The sophomore capped off his season with season-best performances at the Northern 4A Region Tournament in Dayton, where he carded an 89 on Monday and came back with an 88 on Tuesday. His 177 total was good for 36th on the individual leader board at the Dayton Valley Country Club.
Those scores didn’t surprise coach Evan Evans.
“Tobin has worked really hard on his golf game over the last year,” Evans explained. “You can stop by the golf course every Saturday and Sunday and he will be there practicing.”
Evans added that Mayotte was pressing too hard to succeed at the beginning of the season without realizing effects that come from the winter layoff .
“He thought his game should be where it was in September,” Evans noted. “This created a few swing issues. We talked about this and I told Tobin his game would come back, just have a little patience and don’t force things so much.”
All the work, including focus on course management in the final three weeks, paid off with personal best scores on back-to-back days.
“His reaction after Monday’s round is why I coach,” Evans noted. “He shot a personal best and his first score in the eighties. His smile wrapped around to his ears and I was just as excited as he was. From there the confidence takes over. You finally break through a number that has been a fight to work towards. I knew he would play well Tuesday, but I didn’t expect him to best his 89 by one shot.”
Douglas teammate Jack Smith, also a sophomore, shot rounds of 98-100 during the two-day tournament.
Galena’s Connor Motherway shot 5-under par 67 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors with his 141. Bishop Manogue’s Ollie Osborne finished second at 144 while Galena’s Jay Babu and Scott Rescigno shared third-place at 147.
Galena had four players crack the top five to win the team title with a 737 total, 24 shots ahead of Manogue.
The top two teams and five individuals from non-qualifying teams will advance to the state tournament on May 15-16 at the Toiyabe Golf Club in Washoe Valley.