Truckee golfers get second at Sparks
The Truckee High golf team placed second in a Northern 3A tournament at Sparks on Wednesday, March 26.
Playing in cold and blustery conditions, Lowry took the top spot by three strokes, posting a combined score of 463 between its top five scoring golfers.
Truckee was second with a score of 466, and was followed by Spring Creek (481), Fernley (483), Yerington (494) and Sparks (655). Whittell, the only 2A school in the tournament, posted a score of 477 competing independently.
The Wolverines have won two of three league tournaments so far.
At Sparks, where winds were gusting up to 45 mph, Truckee junior Daniel Gelso shot a team-low 84 and was one of only four golfers out of 46 to break 90. Gelso was followed by teammates Matt Hardy (91), Pat Galvin and Bryce Poulin (96) and Ethan Harmon (99).
Fernley senior Brandon Dalton was the tournament medalist, shooting an 82. Gelso’s 84 was the second-best score of the day.
“Despite the fact that we finished second, there were several redeeming factors,” said Truckee head coach Jeff Froelich. “First, it’s very apparent that Daniel Gelso is making his presence known in this league. He is a multisport athlete who knows how to compete and win.
“When you play in heavy winds, you really need to shut out the physical distractions and focus on making good judgments and good golf swings. I know it sounds easy, but believe me it is not.”
Froelich was also impressed with Hardy, one of four seniors on the team.
“I am seeing a great attitude and course management from Matt Hardy,” the coach said. “His experience and tournament savvy are coming to the surface. I expect continued good things from Matt as the season progresses.”
As far as Poulin and Galvin, both of whom are returning starters, Froelich said that although each has gotten off to a slower start than they would have liked, he is confident they will lower their scores in the near future.
“At this point I am pleased and encouraged at our early season play and postseason potential,” Froelich said. “Hopefully we’ll get some good weather to help bring down those scores.”