After the White Pine High School golf team shot a season low against their rival Battle Mountain on the road, golf coach Randy Long thought the day couldn’t get much better for his student athletes. Then he witnessed one of those rare moments in high school athletics that coaches remember for the rest of their career.
It started with the fact that Long was allowed to bring seven players to the meet instead of his usual six. Despite only six being eligible to compete in the tournament, Long said it was “great” to get to bring along a seventh golfer to get to play the course.
“It was really nice to get to bring seven guys because we’ve basically had seven guys competing for the six slots so it was really helpful to see them all get to play on the same course,” Long said.
Dalton Westlund traveled with the team to Battle Mountain as the “seventh man.” Though he shot a career best 96, his score didn’t contribute to the team’s overall competition score.
When the Bobcats received their team first place medals for the meet, that was when Long said he saw Freshman Colin Young passed his first place team medal to teammate
“It made me somewhat emotional that day. It was just cool to see,” Long said.
The Bobcats coach wasn’t the only one who noticed the act of sportsmanship either. Battle Mountain’s golf coach XXX sent Long a text message after seeing Young pass his medal.
“I thought that was a kind and very heartfelt thing to do. It’s very nice to those kind of gestures in athletics,” XXX said.