Truckee golfers seeking postseason redemption
After a dominant start to the season, the last thing the Truckee High golf team wants is a repeat of last year’s 3A State Championship performance.
Entering State as the Northern 3A’s No. 1 seed, the Wolverines placed a disappointing fifth. To make it worse, Lowry and Fernley, two teams that failed to beat Truckee during the season, finished ahead of the Wolverines.
“We had a good regular season, but we definitely didn’t play to our potential at State,” said junior Bryce Poulin, Truckee’s No. 1 golfer. “So it would be nice to change that and perform better this year.”
With two relatively easy wins so far, the Wolverines appear poised to achieve their goal.
“We lost some seniors from last year, but we filled them in real nicely. It seems like we have a real solid team that should compete for a state title,” Poulin said.
Truckee’s top returning golfers include seniors Pat Galvin, Matt Hardy and Poulin, while newcomers Daniel Gelso and Ethan Harmon have helped bolster the roster.
“Ethan and Daniel have been a pleasant surprise for us,” said Truckee head coach Jeff Froelich. “They played almost every day of the summer, and it shows.”
Will Collin also has been one of the six golfers to compete in the league tournaments. Froelich takes the top three scoring golfers from the previous week’s tournament, then lets the rest of the team battle it out on the course for the next three spots.
“What we have going in our favor is depth and consistency,” Froelich said. “We’ve been able to keep all our guys from scoring too high.”