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Local prep golfers fare well at state

Staff reports

North Tahoe girls golfers Kristen Daniels and Haley Packard qualified at the Northern 3A regional tournament to compete in the state championship.

At zones, which was held at the Fernley Golf Club on Oct. 11, the top four teams qualified, and the top 10 individual golfers from non-qualifying teams earned a shot as well.

Daniels shot an 87 and Packard a 98. Both scores were in the top 10 and therefore qualified for state.

The 3A Nevada State High School Girls’ Golf Championship Tournament was held in Las Vegas at the Del Webb Sun City Summerlin Community Association Championship Golf Course on Oct. 15-16.

There were 51 girls from 14 Nevada 3A and 2A schools competing in the two-day tournament. They golfed 18 holes ” a round each day.

The Laker golfers performed well.

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Daniels shot a 90 and a 91 for a combined score of 181 for the two days. The score was good enough for 10th in the State Tournament. Packard shot a 110 and a 102 for a combined score of 212. She placed 26th overall.

“I was very pleased with both Kristen and Haley,” said North Tahoe coach Bill Freeman. “They played very well under some intense pressure. Considering we got the short end of the stick from the 3A at the beginning of the year by not allowing us ” or any 2A school ” to golf in their tournaments, I was really proud of all the girls who competed at Fernley and at Las Vegas.”

For the four girls who went to Fernley for zones, the competition marked the first time all season they had been in an actual tournament.

“So to have two girls qualify under those circumstances was quite awesome,” Freeman said. “In fact, the other two girls, Kristen Larsen and Katy Gaston, just missed qualifying for the state tourney by a few strokes. So I am excited about next year as all four girls are coming back.

“If we get one or two more girls to play next season, we’ll have a legitimate team with a shot at taking a team to state.

Freeman said he is also working with some of the other 2A schools to put together his own regular-season tournament schedule.

“Incline, Whittell, Sage Ridge and North Tahoe are ready to host tournaments, and we’re trying to get a couple of more 2A schools on board as well,” Freeman said. “So things look much better for us next year. I’m really proud of the girls and all they had to put up with this year. They’re champions for that reason alone.”

Truckee High senior Brittney Henn qualified individually to compete in the 3A Nevada State High School Girls’ Golf Championship Tournament in Las Vegas on Oct. 15-16.

The top four teams at the regional tournament in Fernley qualified, while the top 10 individuals from non-qualifying teams earned a state berth. Henn shot a 104 at zones to earn a shot at state.

Truckee coach Mike Merriman, as well as team members Megan Kotko and Morgan Womack, accompanied Henn to southern Nevada for the tournament.

At the Del Webb Sun City Summerlin Community Association Championship Golf Course in Las Vegas, Henn shot a 122 on the first day and 112 the second.

“She settled down quite nicely the second day,” Merriman said, adding that Kotko and Womack helped to calm her nerves. “She reduced her score (the second day), so I was very happy with that.”

Despite having her coach and teammates there with her, Merriman said Henn still was “very anxious through the whole thing.”

With an inexperienced group of 14 golfers, which dwindled to about “five or six on a regular basis” by the end of the season, Merriman said, the coach said he was pleased with the progress he saw.

“This year was a real learning experience for all of them,” Merriman said. “I was real happy with what went on this year.”