White Pine High School student Collin Young recently placed third at the Nevada Division III state golf tournament in Pahrump, but his summer season of practice and competition is just getting started. Young just completed his sophomore season as a Bobcat, having earned first place medalist honors in five high school tournaments. He was in contention for the state title in Pahrump as well, carding a two day total of four over par.
On June 14, Young competed in the Northern Nevada Junior Golf Association’s Edgewood-Tahoe tournament and won first place medalist honors there. To do so he had to play one extra hole. The wind was a factor in the tournament, with the western breeze coming off of Lake Tahoe at a stiff 25 miles per hour. Young made a tricky sand save for par on the last hole to force a playoff with Reno’s Jay Babu.
“I did not hit a great tee shot off of the par five 18th and had to scramble,” Young said. “I made a really fast downhill five footer to save par. The wind was really blowing and the greens were rolling smooth. I’m glad it went in!”
The two players went back to the number one tee, where Young made a stress-free par to win the playoff in just one hole.
“I made a nice lag putt and rolled in a three-footer knowing that the pressure would be on my opponent to make his putt.”
Babu ended up just short. Edgewood plays at just about 7,000 yards. Young will attempt to qualify for the United States Junior Amateur next week in Eden, Utah. This requires 36 holes of stroke play in one day. He also will compete in the Boulder City Junior Championship and the Las Vegas World Stars event in July.