And a freshman shall lead them.
Two freshmen actually, and several other outstanding golfers.
Galena freshman Connor Motherway was the low medalist, with rounds of 71-72, at the Northern Division I golf tournament, which concluded Tuesday at Somersett. Galena took the team title with a 760, 42 strokes better than defending state champion Bishop Manogue at 802.
Manogue sophomore Ollie Osborne was second at 146 (72-74) and Galena freshman Scott Rescigno took third at 148 (74-74).
Galena and Manogue earned trips to the state tournament May 17-18 at Reflection Bay Golf Course in Southern Nevada.
“We were in a nice position coming into the final day today, and our players came through beautifully, with some nice scoring. It was a total team effort,” Galena coach Jim Tabucchi said. “It’s always nice when you’re a freshman, to win the Region tournament.”
Motherway has worked on his golf game for about 5 years. As a seventh grader, he would practice at ArrowCreek, Galena’s home course.
“You could see he had a game already, as a seventh grader,” Tabucchi said. “It’s just developed as the years have gone on.”
Motherway traveled south to play at Reflection Bay earlier this year, as a way of doing his home work to get ready for state.
Tabucchi said playing well at state is the team’s next goal. Palo Verde should be the main competition there.
“We feel feel if we play well, with the depth that we have on our team, we’re competitive with any school at this point,” Tabucchi said. “We’re riding a nice wave now.”
Motherway reported that Reflection Bay has a nice layout, with large greens and quite a bit of water.
Galena’s Presley Mackelburg was fourth at 151 (74-77) and Reed’s Jayce Robinson won a tie-breaker with Manogue’s Michael Bove for fifth at 151 (80-74).
The top five golfers not on Galena or Manogue also get to compete at state. In addition to Robinson they are: Thomas Zumtobel, Reno; Nate Daylo, Reed; Josh Fleiner, Reno and Nick Frankoski, Spanish Springs.
Northern Division I Regional
Galena 760: Motherway 71-72—143; Babu 76-80—156; Mackelburg 74-77—151; Rescigno 74-74—148; LaBrie 90-76—166; Grady 86-91—177.
Bishop Manogue, 802: Osborne 72-74—146, Skach 81-78—159, Loos 82-86—168, Bove 73-81—154, Humphreys 96-99—195, Wientjes 90-85—175.
Reed 833: Robinson 80-74—154, Forman 85-81—166, Daylo 83-78—161, Baker 100-76—176, Harris 90-86—176, Emerson 105-91—196.
Reno 839: Zumtobel 79-79—158, Fleiner 81-80—161, Colfer 87-81—168, Forderhase 84-93—177, Nork 96-101—197, Hall 84-91—175.
McQueen 871: Daly 89-84—173; Falconer 88-86—174; Moller 82-88—170; Bell 84-91—175; Sutherland 93-87—180; Buxton 92-95—187.
Spanish Springs 890: Frankoski 80-83—163, Cox 84-86—170, Martin 95-91—186, Avera 99-98—193, Penrod 99-79—178, Brennan 107.
Carson 970: Martinez 89-85—174, Smokey 92-90—182, Saarem 98-100—198, Evans 118-102—220, Lepire 126-98—224, McCarthy 98-w/d.
Damonte Ranch 1,042: Agnor 88-87—175, Summers 98-102—200, Hansen 100-103—203, Gerry 107-121—228 Kuhn 114-122—236.