By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High School golf team placed second at a meet in Battle Mountain on Thursday in what turned out to be a showcase for what will become the future talent of the team, the freshmen.
Battle Mountain, who has been pretty untouchable in the northern meets this season, easily won with home course advantage, shooting a team score of 400. White Pine beat out Wells by one stroke to claim second place with a 422.
The usual hotshots for the team continued their hot play, with Ty Pickell having the second lowest individual score on the course with a 73 and Chris Young right behind him tying for third with a 75. Other top performers this season Nick Johnson and tyler Kane both had solid performances, shooting an 86 and 87 respectively. But it was the freshmen that coach Randy Long was impressed with the most, including Seth Robertson who started the meet hot with a 46 on the front nine. He finished the back nine holes with a 55 to end the meet with a 101.
“Had he stayed in the 46 range, he would have finished somewhere around a 92 which would have made a big difference in our team score but he has really come along,” Long said.
Another Freshmen that Long said is coming along nicely is Justing Kirchner, but he fell ill before the trip and was replaced by junior varsity golfer Kellen Wilkin. Much to Long’s satisfaction, the step up in competition didn’t seem to faze the freshmen.
“Wilkin filled in for Kirchner who was sick and in his first tournament on varsity, he shoots a 107, so I was really impressed with him. He had also led our junior varsity team when we payed in our home meet, so Kellen is really coming along too.”
Long joked that Ty could have taken first in the meet if he had not “helped” a player from Wells before the meet began.
“I helped a kid from Wells put on a rubber grip on his putter and then he went on to have the lowest score of the day with a 72, so maybe I shouldn’t have done that,” Long chuckled.
The team will next travel to Jackpot on Thursday.