Better weather doesn’t help Wolverine golf
After battling wind and snow at their last two golf tournaments, the Truckee Wolverines’ golf team finally got some spring weather last Friday in Yerington at the Mason Valley Country Club.
But while the conditions helped most of the Wolverines’ golf team, it takes five golfers to determine a team’s score for the match.
“There were a lot of good scores. We even had a 79. We just couldn’t get that that fifth score,” said Head Coach Jeff Froelich.
Each team has six golfers, with the worst score thrown out.
And lacking a decent fifth score, the Wolverines had to settle for a sixth-place finish, which likely dropped them out to fourth place in the NIAA 3A (standings were unavailable at press time).
The top four teams in the NIAA 3A at the end of the season move on to the state tournament.
Junior Justin Draheim led the Wolverines with a 79, followed by freshman Wes Hollabaugh’s 84.
Kyle Anderson and Kevin Waters each managed an 86, but seniors Marc Gianetto and Juan Rosas both struggled.
Rosas was making his first appearance as a starter, filling in for the injured Barry Howard. Gianetto has struggled as of late after being one of the Wolverines’ sharpest golfers early in the season.
Spring Creek won the match, led by Scott Wurth’s 72.
Froelich said the team will be working on their putting this week, in preparation for their next tournament on April 12 at Winnemucca Golf Course.
“When you are struggling in golf, the quick cure is to improve your short game,” Froelich said. “My guys are fairly volatile, and we need to overcome that. We need to get around an 83 per man.”
With four matches left in league play, Froelich said it still isn’t time to panic.
“When you find yourself three or four points below fourth place, you need to start worrying,” he cautioned.
The Wolverines will finish the season with matches at Spring Creek on April 26, Edgewood Golf Course in Tahoe City on May 3 and the regular season finale at Lahontan on May 9.