Virgin Valley senior Ryan Baeza brought a relaxed mindset along with his six-stroke lead into the final round of the Class 3A state boys golf tournament Tuesday at Boulder City Golf Course.
“In my mind, it was just ‘go out and have fun. Go out and do what you can, play your game and have fun,’ ” Baeza said. “That’s what I went after.”
Baeza wound up with the individual state title that narrowly eluded him in his first three seasons.
Baeza shot 2-over-par 74, finishing with a two-day total of 1-under 143 to win the tournament by 11 strokes. He carded a 69 in the first round Monday at Boulder Creek.
Baeza finished fourth in the 3A state tournament in 2009 and 2010 before climbing to second last year.
“This one definitely feels special because it’s my senior year, and this is where my sister (Felisha Baeza) won. It’s a great feeling,” he said.
Baeza fired his approach shot on the ninth hole uphill into the wind to within about a foot. He then sank a birdie putt to finish the front nine with a 38.
Baeza had a steady back nine, with birdies on Nos. 11 and 16 offsetting bogeys on Nos. 13 and 15.
“I just tried to coast in. I didn’t try to do anything crazy,” he said of the back nine. “I had a couple bogeys, but I had to fight through them and try to make those birdie putts, which I did.”
Lowry won its second team title in three years with a score of 806. Elko was second at 838, followed by Boulder City (866) and Spring Creek (897).
Boulder City’s Luke Logan shot 79 to finish second at 154.
“It’s not what I was hoping for, but you can’t expect to win every time,” said Logan, the 3A Southern League champion.
Elko’s Danny Nelson took third at 156.
Lake Mead’s Quayd Brooks carded a 6-over 77 at Rivers Edge in Needles, Calif., to place second in the Class 2A boys state golf tournament.
Brooks had a 36-hole total of 150 and beat out Incline’s Jordan Wright on a scorecard playoff to claim second place.
White Pine’s Ty Pickel shot 74 and was the individual winner with a 148 total. Mountain View’s Keith Flowers finished fourth at 153.
Whittell won the team competition with a score of 833, nine strokes better than Needles. White Pine was third at 847, followed by The Meadows at 850.In-depth high school sports coverage