The Govs golf team took on Gretna last week at Winton and the Hawks defeated the Nelson foursome, 183-226.

“We will change our scenery some in the coming weeks as we practice and play some at Stoney Creek late in the season, prior to competing in the Regional Tournament at The Homestead on Sept. 30,” said Nelson coach Scott McGarry.

Tucker Shannon, a junior, led the Govs with the lowest score as he shot a 44 on Winton’s par 35 front nine.

“Senior Jacob Tomlin posted a 52 after 3 straight rounds in the 40’s the past 2 weeks. Eli Hunt (Jr) contributed a 64 and Thomas Harris (Sr) a 66,” said McGarry. “It was a day of some frustrations as our team score was elevated after posting a season best 210 earlier in the week at Hat Creek. Our season goal continues to be to break the 200 barrier. In order to achieve that, we need Tucker and Jacob to play bogey or better, and Eli and Thomas to play at double bogey or better.”

McGarry continued to explain how the ups and downs of golf are to be expected.

“We play individual rounds, but the outcome is team based, so we try to keep that focus with the understanding that pars and birdies from our first 2 and/or bogeys and better from our 2nd pair give us a cushion that prevents an individual blowup hole [or 2] from derailing the team score. We have moved in the right direction all season with lower team scores, but Thursday went the other way,” said McGarry.

Meanwhile the Nelson golfers will prepare for the upcoming Regional Championships.

“That is the nature of golf and the difficulty in becoming consistent for 9 holes every time we tee it up. The guys are working at improving and they are talking golf and discussing where they gave shots away in their rounds — they know that the consistent execution of the variety of shots required is the hard part,” said McGarry. “Hopefully, they will choose to keep working at it for years to come.”

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