North Tahoe golfers step up at State
The North Tahoe golf team placed third while new lakeside rival Whittell won its second straight state championship and third in eight years at Rivers Edge Golf Course in Needles on Tuesday.
Whittell added to a 19-shot first-round lead to win the Nevada 2A title by 34 strokes over White Pine. The Warriors, who also won the Northern 2A zone tournament on May 7, posted an 839 between the two days of competition. White Pine shot a combined 873 and North Tahoe 886 to round out the top 3.
“Whittell has a great program,” said North Tahoe head coach Dick Tomlinson. “My hat’s off to them. I think we will have a rivalry for years to come.”
Battle Mountain finished fourth at 932, followed by The Meadows (953) and host Needles (972).
Tomlinson said conditions were incredibly challenging on the second day of the tournament, as winds blew at a steady 25 mph with 40 mph gusts on the Colorado River golf course.
“I’m really proud of the kids,” the coach said. “They held up well in difficult conditions. (The wind) howled. It was as tough as it gets.”
North Tahoe sophomore Alec Griffith posted the fifth-best individual result of the tournament, shooting a 79 on Day 1 and 88 on Day 2 for a combined 167. Jonathan Szendrey of Whittell was the state medalist with a pair of 79s for a combined 158.
Laker junior Kevin Scardigli shot an 85 and 91 (176), Craig Munro 87 and 92 (179), Daniel Longo 89 and 91 (180) and Travis Boerner 94 and 94 (188). Munro, Longo and Boerner are all freshmen.
“The future is bright,” Tomlinson said, adding that the Lakers’ state appearance was the first since 2003, when they competed in the 3A. “The talent of our athletes is amazing.”
1. Whittell 839, 2. White Pine 873, 3. North Tahoe 886, 4. Battle Mountain 932, 5. The Meadows 953, 6. Needles 972.
1. Jonathan Szendrey, Whittell, 79-79-158; 2. Chris Robison, White Pine, 79-81-160; 3. Tyler Fairbank, Whittell, 80-82-162; 4. Niko Dobrescu 85-82-167 (won tiebreaker); 5. Alec Griffith, North Tahoe, 79-88-167; 6. Foster Kenton, Hawthorne, 80-87-167; 7. Joey Valasquez, Lake Mead, 91-80-171 (won tiebreaker); 8. Michael Koskin, Whittell, 81-90-171; 9. David Anderson, The Meadows, 83-90-173; 10. Jerrick Price, West Wendover, 87-87-174.
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