Memorial had the upper hand through the first 18 holes, as Ty Tamura was the only player in the field to shoot under par (71). Moore turned in an even 72.
Moore held steady with another 72 in the second round, but the team shot 13 strokes higher overall.
“We struggled a little bit around the greens and on the greens,” Memorial coach Scott McDonald said. “The putts that were falling before maybe were not falling for us in the second round. Our second shots weren't what they were in the first round.”
Both Wood and Heinen said they do not feel pressure as North goes for its eighth consecutive team state championship. After all, it had to overcome a five-stroke deficit on the final day to win last season's title.
This time, North has a comfortable lead. And Doherty said his squad is going to play smart — and somewhat conservatively — to preserve that advantage.
“They've got to make up a lot of shots (to catch up),” Doherty said of the competition. “As good of players as they are, they're coachable. The goal each hole is to make par. And if you can't make par, you make bogey at worst.”