RENO, Nev. – The top two amateur golf trophies in the Silver State are currently owned by the Wolf Pack.
A few weeks after senior Nicholas Smits won the Nevada State Amateur title in Las Vegas, his coach, Jacob Wilner, took home the Nevada State Match Play championship. Wilner topped Ryan McCullough of Las Vegas on Tuesday in the 36-hole hole final (2 and 1) at Dayton Valley Golf Club to win the trophy.
“I think it's pretty special having both the state amateur and state match play trophies on campus,” Wilner said. “Nic and myself take great pride in that. It's been a great summer for Nevada men’s golf and we are excited about the upcoming season. “
The three-day event featured 32 of the top golfers in the state. Wilner, seeded third, had a first-round bye before winning his first match, 2 up, over Reno’s Chris English. He then faced Josh Baskins, who just completed his senior season at Nevada and Wilner won, 2 up.
Wilner then topped John Montross of Reno, 3 and 2 to advance to the final round where he outlasted McCullough.
Wilner and Baskins teamed up for a win in the Washoe Country Two-Man earlier this year and the coach also won the Winnemucca Amateur and Washoe County Championship earlier this year as well.