The White Pine High Schools golf team finished second behind rival Battle Mountain by only six strokes at a Jackpot meet on March 26. Senior Chris Young continued his impressive final season as a Bobcat with another first place finish, shooting a low score of 77 strokes. His freshman brother Collin Young finished second on the team and third overall at the meet with a score of 82.

Most teams would consider those numbers a success, but golf coach Randy Long said that the performance didn’t live up to his team’s high expectations for themselves.

“None of my guys were very happy with their rounds because their short game cost them a lot,” Long said.

The coach knows the team has the ability to keep getting better scores but the key to do so will be to have them spend less time on the greens.

“We’ve been concentrating on putting since that meet,” the coach said.

One of the biggest factors in how the team will fare the rest of the season will be how the number four through six positions perform. According to Long, those three spots are open for compeition each week, and he’s already starting to see results.

“It’s encouraging to see these kids out here practicing more because they want to make that cut,” Long said.

The team will next travel to Battle Mountain on April 2.