Lopez, Harris qualify for 2A boys state golf tournament

Lopez, Harris qualify for 2A boys state golf tournament

Lopez, Harris qualify for 2A boys state golf tournament

The Battle Mountain High School boys golf team made its way to Washoe Valley on Tuesday, May 8, to compete in the Northern 2A Regional Championships at Toiyabe Golf Club.

The Longhorns shot 434 to finish sixth as a team and missed out on qualifying as a team.

“We had some tough wind conditions on a tough course that affected most of the field including a few of our players,” said BMHS coach Roger Wallock.

North Tahoe won the regional championship with a 388 and Whittell was second at 392. Sierra Lutheran was the final team to qualify at 394. Incline (398) and Sage Ridge (413) rounded out the top five.

North Tahoe’s Murphy Scott was the low medalist and regional champion with a round of 81. Incline’s Satchel Harris was one stroke behind to finish second at 82. North Tahoe’s Connor Hipsley was third with a round of 87 and Sierra Lutheran’s Kyman Berger (90) and Whittell’s Alex Byer (93) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Alex Lopez paced Battle Mountain with a 97 to advance to the state championships as an individual. It was thought that Lopez would be the only Battle Mountain golfer in the field.

However, at the end of last week, a Sage Ridge golfer pulled out of the tournament and that allowed Jimmy Harris into the state meet. Harris shot a 102 for Battle Mountain at the regional tournament.

Brody Young just missed out on qualifying for the state championships, as he shot a 105. Jake Smith (130), Avry Tucker (139) and Bradley Rogers (143) rounded out the scores for the Longhorns.

“Brody had a great season, medaling in all but two matches this year but he had multiple penalty strokes (out of bounds and hazards) during the round that bumped his score higher than he would have liked,” Wallock said. “Jimmy played pretty well and Alex played his best golf of the year under difficult conditions and they earned a well-deserved trip to the state Tournament. His 97 was the eighth-best score overall putting him just outside of the six medals awarded.  The younger players, Avry, Bradley, and Jake all improved this year but their inexperience at a regional tournament showed. We look forward to good things from them next year.”

The NIAA 2A State Championships will be held Wednesday and Thursday at Boulder Municipal Golf Course in Boulder City.