North Tahoe golf: Boerner shoots 72 to win regional crown |

North Tahoe golf: Boerner shoots 72 to win regional crown

Steve Yingling
Sun News Service

Steve Yingling/Sun News ServiceNorth Tahoe junior Travis Boerner reacts to a birdie during the Northern 2A Regional Championship at Edgewood on Thursday. Boerner won the individual regional title, firing an even-par 72.

STATELINE, Nev. and#8212; Just imagine what North Tahoe Highand#8217;s Travis Boerner will shoot the next time he plays Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Boerner improved 12 shots from his previous visit to Edgewood Tahoe by firing an even-par 72 Thursday to score the low round at the Northern 2A Regional Tournament.

and#8220;Big improvement. Coming into that last hole I realized I had a chance to win, so I just tried to put it in play and make par,and#8221; said Boerner, a junior, who recalled firing an 84 at Edgewood during last yearand#8217;s state tournament.

North Tahoe senior Alec Griffith shot an 82 for the fifth-lowest score of the day. Teammate Buster Fenley shot an 85, Trevor Semmens a 99, Connor Whaley a 98 and Eliot Headley a 107.

and#8220;Travis really has worked hard the last two weeks, and it kind of all came together for him,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Dick Tomlinson. and#8220;He just shot a great, great round.and#8221;

Boernerand#8217;s outstanding round, however, wasnand#8217;t enough to unseat Whittell as regional champions. The Warriors won their third straight regional title and seventh in 10 years with a 10-stroke margin over the runner-up Lakers.

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and#8220;Itand#8217;s been competitive all year with North Tahoe and Incline, so you never know,and#8221; said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. and#8220;Playing at home I felt confident, but anything can happen. You donand#8217;t know until the final guys come in.and#8221;

Both schools, along with Battle Mountain, qualified for next weekand#8217;s state tournament in Needles, Calif.

Boerner made three birdies, including a tap-in four on the par-5 finishing hole. His favorite, though, was the downhill 15-footer he rolled in on the par-3 12th hole.

and#8220;I pretty much had my swing dialed today. I tried to focus on every shot and just put the ball in play,and#8221; Boerner said.

Not far behind Boerner were Inclineand#8217;s Jordan Wright and Hawthorneand#8217;s Foster Kenton, who fired 18-hole rounds of 75 and 76, respectively.

and#8220;I missed a couple of short putts that I probably should have made and hit a couple of not-so-great chips. I feel pretty good. I was 5-over on four holes. The rest of the round went fairly well,and#8221; said Wright, who was one of five individuals who qualified for state as an individual.

Whittell was led by senior Michael Koskin, who was one of only five players to card a round in the 70s.

and#8220;I really didnand#8217;t think we were going to win zone. I thought we were going to play so we could go to state,and#8221; Koskin said.

Koskin birdied the opening two holes and lipped out a potential third straight birdie before settling into his round of 79. A short tee shot on the par-3 fifth hole triggered a triple-bogey six that left Koskin scrambling.

and#8220;I didnand#8217;t make it over the creek. I had a little tap-in for double bogey, and I missed that,and#8221; Koskin said. and#8220;It was more about trying to keep my composure and keeping my putting stroke steady.and#8221;

Wrightand#8217;s teammate Tommy Annese also made the state grade. Annese shot 85.

Whittelland#8217;s depth proved to be the difference as T.J. Kolesnik, Trevor Fairbank and Jake Williams each shot 85 and Nick Seemak carded a 92.

Now the Warriors can focus on an defending their state championship and#8212; a feat that would make Koskin a four-time state champion.

and#8212; Sylas Wright contributed to this story.