Durango High School won the 2023 Class 4A Boys Golf Championship while Drake Harvey of Somerset Sky Pointe High School claimed the individual state crown. The two-day tournament was held at Las Vegas National and Stallion Mountain on May 10-11, 2023.–by Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider
Las Vegas High School was the defending 4A state champions while Bradley Bourn of Doral Red Rock was the 2022 individual champion. Bourn earned runnerup in 2023.
Ethan Long, John Harris, Spencer Walden and Dylan Mullalley all finished in the top-20 in helping Durango cruise to a 13-stroke victory in the team portion.
Long wound up T-4, Harris and Walden were T-7 and Mullalley was 18th.
It was the second state title for the Durango boys, having also won in 2000.
For coach Rokenko Young, it was an impressive two days by his group.
“The kids really dedicated themselves,” Young said. “We set a goal early to have a great, consistent year and it all worked out.”
He said the group’s consistency was the key.
“They worked well together and challenged each other,” Young said. “They challenged each other to keep getting better. Everyone had their strengths that we tried to build on.”
Overall, Young said the state title shows that hard work pays off.
“They just worked hard at getting better every week,” he said. “They managed their games and managed the courses. They played smart. I’m just proud with how they stuck with it. We accomplished our goals that we set.”
Las Vegas, 709
Green Valley, 712
Doral Red Rock, 744
Somerset Sky Pointe, 777
Somerset Sky Pointe freshman Drake Harvey overcame a quadruple bogey midway through the final round to come away with the individual title.
For many players, especially a freshman, a quad could have derailed the round…and the tournament.
Not for Harvey.
“Knowing I had two par 5s left I knew there were a lot of birdie chances coming in,” Harvey said. “I hadn’t missed a fairway in a while and I was hitting my irons well so my confidence was good.”
That confidence allowed Harvey to play the next eight holes in four-under-par.
“I birdied a par-5 and then chipped in for eagle on the next hole to get it back to even,” he said.
That chip-in wasn’t a one-off as Harvey chipped in three times over the two days.
“My dad (Billy Harvey, who helped his team win the state title at Bonanza High School in 1996) told me the day before the tournament that any shot over 60 yards I should take one more club,” he said. “And it worked because a lot of my wedge shots left me with birdie putts.”
Despite the win, Harvey is still looking for improvement.
“I feel like my putting is one thing that is keeping me from going really low,” he said. “The stroke is pretty good but I’m just not the greatest at reading greens.”
And while the individual title is an honor, Harvey was more impressed with the team effort.
“It was really cool that I got to help the team to a good finish (fifth),” he said.
Drake Harvey, 72-71—143
Bradley Bourn, 74-73—147
Nathan Ingleberger, 80-72—152
Ethan Long, 84-74—158
Luke Cheplak, 84-74—158