Young North Tahoe golf squad shows promise
North Tahoe golf coach Dick Tomlinson didn’t think he’d have much to work with during the Lakers’ first season competing in the Northern 2A.
This was before his freshmen-laden team proved what it could do on the golf course.
“We have nine freshmen, one sophomore and one junior, so we’re really throwing some kids out there to compete. At first I didn’t think we’d have a chance, but I think we will be OK once we get more practice in,” Tomlinson said.
Leading the way for the Lakers is junior Kevin Scardigli, who first played competitively at the high school level last year. After a summer of practice, he returned a new golfer.
“Scardigli added 50 yards off the tee since last year,” Tomlinson said. “He’s gotten a lot better, which is very encouraging.”
The only other returning golfer is sophomore Alec Griffith. Other than that, the Laker squad is dominated by youngsters. But that may not be such a bad thing, Tomlinson is learning.
“The big surprise is the freshmen. They’re driven,” he said. “They have a lot of enthusiasm I haven’t seen for a while.”
Although the Lakers made the transition from the Northern 3A to the 2A this season, they still will compete in most 3A tournaments. The difference is they’ll treat each tourney as more of a warm-up for regionals in May, because not every 2A team travels to the same events during the regular season.
“It’s important that we be competitive (in each tournament), but it all comes down to zones,” Tomlinson said, explaining that the zone tournament is North Tahoe’s only ticket to the state championship.
Even though the Lakers’ results at the 3A events do not count toward anything, Tomlinson welcomes the opportunity to compete with the larger schools.
“Absolutely,” he said. “We’ve always played 3A anyway. It’s a high level of competition, which is an ideal scenario.”