The Lowry High School boys golf team got its season started last week with a pair of tournaments in Lyon County.
The Buckaroos traveled to Dayton and Dayton Valley Country Club on Monday, March 14, and placed sixth in the first league tournament of the season.
Truckee took the top spot in the team standings by 25 strokes, beating Fernley 333-358. Elko placed third at 364 and Churchill County (378) and South Tahoe (382) rounded out top five. Lowry was sixth at 385, Spring Creek (431) placed seventh and Dayton had the final team score at 476.
Truckee’s Gabe Smith was the low medalist with an impressive round of 6-under 66, Fernley’s Jacob Holmes and South Tahoe’s Liam Molesworth each shot 78 to tie for second and North Valleys’ Easton Perez was fourth at 79.
Landon Esquivel led the Buckaroos with a round of 87 and Cal Peters followed with a 96. Jack DeLong and Coda Nichols each carded scores of 101 for Lowry. Hunter Smith shot 106 and Seamus Maloon finished with a 112.
Lowry shoots 383 to place sixth in Fernley
The Northern 3A moved over to Fernley on Tuesday, March 15, with nearly the same results.
Truckee improved to 330 to win back-to-back tournaments, but Fernley gave the Wolverines a scare shooting 334 on its home course. Elko placed third with a total of 346 and South Tahoe (376) and Churchill County (379) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Spring Creek was seventh at 417 and Dayton placed eight with a score of 440.
Smith was the low medalist for the second consecutive tournament, shooting a 71. Fernley teammates Holmes (74) and Noah Davis (76) were second and third and Truckee’s Drew Dollinger was fourth with a round of 78.
Peters had the best round of the day for the Buckaroos at 90, while Smith improved by 13 strokes to shoot a 93. Esquivel carded a 94 for the Buckaroos and DeLong had the last kept score for Lowry at 106. Nichols shot 107 and Maloon carded a 115.
The Northern 3A returns to action on Monday, March 28, at Sierra Sage Golf Course, with North Valleys hosting. Truckee will host the league on Tuesday, March 29 at Washoe Golf Course. The Buckaroos will host their tournament on Wednesday, April 20.
The Northern 3A does not have a regional tournament and the three state tournament berths are determined by a point system throughout the regular season. After two tournaments, Truckee, Fernley and Elko hold those three spots. The NIAA 3A State championships will be held in southern Nevada on May 16-17.