The Truckee golf team recorded strong finishes in a pair of Division I-A tournaments hosted by Elko and Spring Creek on Thursday and Friday.
The Wolverines finished a season-best third out of nine teams at Elko’s Ruby View Golf Course. They backed up the performance with a fourth-place finish at Spring Creek the following day.
Junior Cody Tilton led the way, starting by firing a 77 at Elko to finish in a tie for second place individually. Andrew Mendoza of Lowry was the tournament medalist with a 74, while Lowry’s Ethan Gray tied with Tilton.
“It was a great performance by Cody,” said Truckee coach Kevin Waters.
Host Elko won the tournament with a team score of 404, Lowry was second at 409 and Truckee third at 432. Spring Creek finished two strokes back of Truckee, with a 434. They were followed by Fernley (446), Fallon (464), South Tahoe (473), Sparks (513) and Dayton (518).
Individually for the Wolverines, junior Jordan Fereira carded an 85, Brandon Flora 86, Sam Willis 91, Airon Yarbrough 93, Alex LaClare 97 and Ethan Gotts 105.
In a cold tournament in Spring Creek the next day, the Truckee squad posted a score of 440 to finish fourth. Lowry, which leads the league standings, claimed the victory with a low score of 387.
Elko was second at 408 and Spring Creek third at 422. Following Truckee was Fallon (452), Fernley (454), South Tahoe (464) Dayton (499) and Sparks (516).
Tilton once again led the Wolverines, shooting a 76. Fereira shot an 82, Yarbrough 91, Flora 94, Willis 97 and Gotts 100.
Gray earned tournament medalist honors with a 68. The next lowest score came from Lowry’s Chris Mendoza, who posted a 74.
“Every player has been practicing hard and it is starting to pay off,” Waters said. “The team is becoming very competitive and the opportunity to make the starting squad is a challenge every week.”
Waters said the Wolverines will need to play their best golf over the final two league tournaments to qualify for the state championship in Las Vegas.
They currently rank fourth in the standings, with an average score of 451.2, and only the top three teams and the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to state.
Lowry leads the league with an average team score of 393.2, Elko is second at 420.2 and Spring Creek third at 430.8. Fernley (454.4) is fifth and Fallon (468.8) sixth, followed by South Tahoe (468.8), Dayton (514.4) and Sparks (534).