NU golfers drive past Woodcreek for Sierra Foothill League lead
The Nevada Union golf team is sitting atop the Sierra Foothill League with a record of 4-1 after defeating Woodcreek on the back nine at Alta Sierra 213-231 Thursday.
The Miner co-medalists were Adam Grizzell and Jace Tiller, who each shot 38, while Eric Babin carded 43, Cody Brezezinski finished with a 47, and Nathan Ferguson fired a 47 for the win.
“We are leading a charmed life,” Nevada Union coach Hank Davidson said about his team shooting a 213 and defeating a tough SFL opponent. “The golf gods like us right now.”
The dark skies in March played made it difficult for the Miners to get on course for practice.
“The team had a limited number of practices due to rain,” Davidson said. “In our league you need to be ready to play every Tuesday and Thursday.”
The Miners are led by junior Grizzell, who is the team’s No. 1 golfer, moving up from the third position last season.
“He has a lot of game,” Davidson said. “He can go under (par) anytime he picks up a golf club.”
Davidson’s number two, is “grip and rip” senior Brezezinski, who is averaging 41 on the season.
“He is a pairing with Adam,” Davidson said. “They know each other well and complement each other.”
NU’s third man in the tee box is Babin, a junior who has been the medalist two times for the team this season.
“He wants to do well,” Davidson said. “He is extremely focused, not only on the course but in the classroom as well, he has over a 4.0 (grade-point average).”
Tiller, a sophomore, holds the fourth spot and returns to the team as its biggest hitter.
“He has not hit his potential yet, but does hit the ball 300-plus,” Davidson said. “He is teaching the younger players how not to let the pressure get to you. He is a heady kid.”
Number five for the Miners is returning sophomore Cody Keogh, who is averaging 41 this season and he has expressed a desire to play golf for Air Force upon graduation.
“He is the type of kid that you hope your daughter would bring home to meet the parents,” Davidson said of his player who has a 4.3 GPA.
Ferguson, a first-year starter, played on the Miners JV team last season.
“He has a darn good golf swing,” Davidson said. “He is learning how to score well. Playing on the varsity is new for him. He is learning about the pressure.”
The biggest win so far this season was its 198-211 win over Del Oro.
“We took it to ’em good,” Davidson said. “Babin, Ferguson and Grizzell all played very well for us on their home course.
“I’m surprised and happy (where the team is in the league). I hope it will continue. It’s better looking down than up.”
Nevada Union’s team goal is to make the playoffs, Davidson said. It has been two years since the Miners boys golf team teed it up in the postseason.
“Adam and Eric are the only players that played in the division playoffs.” Davidson said.
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