By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High School golf team placed second at a meet on their home course on April 9. Though the team shot a combined score of 427, just five shots behind first place team Battle Mountain, White Pine’s Ty Pickell did have the lowest score of the day after shooting a 73. Chris Young placed third with a 75.
“We would have liked to have defended but Battle Mountain has been tough up North,” team coach Randy Long said of White Pine’s performance. He added that his team has lost to Battle Mountain three out of the last four times they have faced each other this season.
Tyler Kane took eighth in the tournament with his 84. Other White Pine golfers who placed outside of the top ten were Nick Johnson with a 95, Seth Robertson with a 100 and Justin Kirchner with a 102.
There wasn’t much time to rest though as the team headed to Pahrump the next day for a much larger meet. According to Long, 20 teams from all over the west coast travelled to the meet, including top programs such as Las Vegas’s Bishop Gorman. Long said it was good for his team to get some playing time on the difficult course, as it will be the site where the state championships are held.
Chris Young led the White Pine squad, placing 39th overall in the tournament.
“Young led our team. He shot a two round total of 164. Ty Pickell was not far behind him with a two round total of 167,” Long said.
Young and Pickell are both expected to compete for individual state championships at the end of the season by the coach.
The team will next travel to Battle Mountain to take on the Longhorns on their home course, a feat that Long said will be a challenge.
“They have a lot of golfers returning from last year’s team,” Long said. “We are a young team and we are progressing.”