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North Tahoe golf: Lakers take first-day lead at state

Steve Yingling
Sun News Service

Whittell High School’s state golf title reign is in jeopardy.

North Tahoe was the surprise first-day leader at the Nevada 2A-A State Golf Tournament on Tuesday in Needles, Calif.

The Lakers hold a one-stroke lead over the three-time defending state champions Warriors with 18 holes remaining on Wednesday.

The two Lake Tahoe schools separated themselves from the rest of the competition during the opening round. North Tahoe’s five-player score was 407, with Whittell a shot back at 408. Battle Mountain and host Needles are their closest competitors at 443.

The individual title chase is more congested with 13 players within four strokes of first-round leader Alec Griffith of North Tahoe.

After carding a 77, Griffith, a senior and the Lakers’ No. 1 golfer during the season, holds a one-shot lead over a quartet that includes Whittell’s Michael Koskin and Trevor Fairbank.

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In fact, six of the top eight scores belong to golfers from Lake Tahoe schools. Incline’s Tommy Annese is tied for second at 78 and Incline’s Jordan Wright and North Tahoe’s Travis Boerner are among three players who share sixth place at 79.

Boerner won last week’s individual title at the Northern 2A Regional Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Boerner’s Lakers, however, finished 10 shots behind regional champion Whittell.

Whittell’s T.J. Kolesnik is tied for ninth after shooting an opening-round 81.