The Carson High boys golf team won its fourth straight Sierra League Tournament, but the competition keeps closing in.
On Monday it was Douglas High that took the Senators down to the wire before CHS held on for the win at the par-72 Wildcreek Golf Course. Carson finished with a 408 while Douglas shot 419 and Reno High finished third at 422.
Kevin Goles and Zack Rispin tied for low medalist honors as both shot 76. Isaac Holt was sixth with an 82. Also for Carson, Levi Taylor shot an 84, Jordan Rogers had a 90 and Spencer Brinson fired a 91.
Douglas had four players shot in the low 80s as it placed itself in strong position to make the Northern 4A Championships. The top four teams in the Sierra League advance to the Northern 4A event. Douglas was in fifth heading into Monday's event.
When Taylor was the last golfer on the course for Carson and Douglas had its fifth golfer on the course, the Senators only led the Tigers by two or three strokes. But Taylor's score allowed Carson to pull away.
"It was a lot closer than that," said Carson coach Rod Butler about the 11-stroke margin. "It really came down to the last guys."
Taylor has now given Carson solid efforts in both of his tournaments and Butler said he earned the right to play a week from today at Rosewood.
"Both tournaments he's done exactly what he's supposed to do," Butler said. "I told him if he came under 85, that's perfect. That's exactly what we're shooting for. He did his part."
Carson also received a key contribution from Holt, who rebounded from a 44 on the front nine to post a solid score.
Butler said he's told his golfers "don't shoot yourself completely out of it so you don't hurt the team. He hung in there."
Butler said he's concerned that his team hasn't been as consistent as the other squads behind CHS.
"They've improved as a group a couple shots each guy," said Butler about the other teams.
"We've got to find a couple other players that can shoot consistently week in and week out. We need two guys to step up and shoot in the low 80s or possibly 70s."
Two golfers who have been able to do that have been Goles and Rispin. "They've been real solid," Butler said.