Tigers miss win by four strokes at Carthage golf meet

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Nevada Daily Mail

Nevada High School boys' golf shot its lowest round ever against Carthage High School Tuesday night, but it still wasn't enough as the Tigers lost the 9-hole match 157-161.

Junior Tyler Gast and senior Zach Braucher fought off the soggy conditions in Carthage left over from Monday's storms to shoot 2 and 4 over par, respectively. Gast's 37 was good for the lowest round of the tournament.

Nevada's top two weren't without some quality help from their supporting cast. Senior David Cavener and freshman Alex Christensen combined for an 85 to beat Carthage's three and four golfers by three strokes. Senior Brandon Davis brought up the rear for the Tigers with a 59.

Head coach Brian Leonard said his team played one of their best collective rounds of the year.

"We almost beat them on their home course," Leonard said "We had a very respectable team score of 161, which would win most matches. This is actually the lowest score we have ever had against Carthage, but anytime a team can shoot in the 150's or below, you are going to have to play some outstanding golf to beat them."

The match may have proved therapeutic for senior Zach Braucher, who struggled to score well in the previous two matches. Braucher shot a 44 in Nevada to open the season before struggling to an 88 at Neosho. For Gast it was business as usual, and Leonard was pleased with how they played on a saturated course.

"Both of these scores were great rounds for the conditions the course was in," He said. David Cavener came in with his best round of the season with a 41. Alex struggled a little on the greens with his putting, but still came in at 44."

Nevada travels to Joplin Twin Hills Thursday for the Joplin Invitational Tournament. However, rain is expected Thursday in Joplin and any changes in schedule will be published Friday, April 4.

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