LIVERMORE - Nevada sophomore Dylan Sporrer had a strong showing at the Class 3A boys’ state golf meet Friday and Saturday on the Spring Valley Golf Course in Livermore.
Sporrer finished in a tie with Mount Pleasant’s Trevor Mabeus for 12th-place individually after they each shot a 158 over 36 holes.
“What a great experience for Dylan as a sophomore,” Nevada head boys’ golf coach Ryan Brown said. “Until you have lived the state meet, you don’t understand the emotional and physical experience of the two-day tournament. There are a lot of jitters, nervousness and expectations — Dylan’s juices were definitely flowing.”
On Friday, Sporrer shot a 78 over 18 holes to tie for 14th place.
“We walked the course Thursday to draw a hole-by-hole game plan (and) we tried to stick to that as much as possible,” Brown said. “Funny things happen at the state tournament. That’s what I continued to try to reinforce to Dylan. He struggled on the front nine day one, but had a lot of success on the back.”
On Saturday, Sporrer tried to position himself for a top-10 finish. He wasn’t quite able to get there, but did improve on his final place after shooting an 80.
“My mantra has always been that day one is a position day and day two is moving day,” Brown said. “I think he and I both felt that he was in a fair place after day one, considering this was his first state appearance. Despite having one or two bad breaks on day two, Dylan handled himself with great resolve. He moved up two spots. More importantly, he handled the pressure and circumstances with great composure. I am extremely proud of his two-day effort, but more importantly, I am proud of his character and resolve.”
Gilbert’s Tommy Doyle was sensational over the two days to win the 3A state individual medalist honors. Doyle shot a 141 to win the individual title by an impressive seven strokes over Central DeWitt’s Rielly McGranahan.
Central DeWitt won the 3A boys’ team title with a score of 622. Webster City placed second with a 629 and MOC-Floyd Valley was third with a 634.