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Tigers tee it up with eyes on state

by Chuck Smock

With two four-year varsity golfers leading the way, and several strong players battling for the remaining four spots in the tournament lineup, Douglas assistant golf coach Mark Zinke thinks the Tigers have a realistic chance to be one of the top teams in the north this season.

And if everything goes right for the squad, Zinke said the Tigers could be in the hunt for a berth in the state tournament.

Markus Zinke (the coach’s son) and fellow senior Greg Bodenstein will be called on to pace the Tigers this season.

“I look forward to having Greg and Markus shooting in the low 70s every time out,” the coach said. “They both have good chances to win individual titles at the 18-hole matches this season.”

This spring, the league season will consist of six 18-hole tournaments. The eight teams with the best average scores for those six tournaments will qualify to play in the zone tournament. The top four teams at the zone tournament will advance to the state tournament.

Sophomore Jason Doering is the Tigers’ No. 3 player. “I expect Jason to shoot right around 80 for us,” Zinke said.

Senior Kevin Rohrbough and freshman Jonathan Merry are also solid players capable of scoring in the low 80s, according to the coach.

“We’ve always had two or three guys (shoot) in the 70s and two or three in the 90s,” Zinke said. “This year, realistically, we could shoot under 400 as a team. Not many Douglas teams have done that.”

The Tigers opened the season at the Pahrump Invitational last Friday and Saturday. They finished in the middle of the pack in the 36-team event.

Markus Zinke carded Douglas’ best score. He finished 18th out of 144 golfers with an 82-65-147.

The second round was played on a par-3 course that had a par of 59. Zinke’s 65 was the fourth lowest score of the day.

Doering turned in an 81-78-159. Bodenstein shot an 89-71-160 and Rohrbough had an 88-80-168.

On Monday, Douglas played at Sierra Sage in the first of the six 18-hole league matches. The Tigers finished seventh with a score of 427.

Bodenstein shot a 73 on the par-71 course to finish tied for second place with Galena’s Travis Whisman.

Reno’s Jack Wolf won medalist honors with a 70.

Zinke carded an 87, Merry had an 88, Rohrbough shot an 89 and Ryan Mills completed the Douglas scoring with a 90. Blake Hennessy-York shot a 94, which did not count toward the team total.

Markus Zinke said he was playing some of the best golf of his life before the season started. He was 1-under-par during tryouts, which included a 3-under-par round at The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes.

The senior hopes to complete his high school golf career at the state tournament at Reno’s Hidden Valley in May.

“I thought last year was our best chance to make it to state as a team, but I think we look even better this year,” he said.