Girls’ Golf: Defense of state title may be something of a climb
Allen, Marisa Jr.
Decarlo, Emily Sr.
Ramon, Jamie Fr.
Schegg, Tiffany Soph.
Smith, Kim Soph.
Trudeau, Renee Sr.
Wailer, Kim Sr.
Walistrom, Simone Sr.
Coach: Mike Merriman
Even as the defending state champions and with arguably the best female golfer in NIAA/U.S.Bank 3A play, Tahoe-Truckee may have a difficult time in their defense of the 3A team title. But with the steady improvement that Mike Merriman’s Lady Wolverines have shown over the three meets thus far this season, it might not be as hard as it seems.
Renee Trudeau returns this year in hopes of recapturing the individual title she lost last year to North Tahoe’s Tiana Jones by one stroke. Trudeau, who won the individual title in 1998, is already in excellent form, indicating by her round of 78 last Thursday at Dayton. Trudeau may be the early favorite for the title, but she will have to hold off Jones, a junior who has also been playing well.
In terms of the team title, the Wolverines will most definitely feel the impact of the NIAA/U.S. Bank’s realignment configuration. In northern division play, Lowry has dominated the early season matches with consistent, if not superb individual, play.
“Lowry doesn’t have anyone spectacular,” Merriman said, “but no one is weak either. All five of their players are scoring between 94 and 106. WIth scores like that, they’re hard to beat.”
In fact, Lowry has had only one meet with a team score over 500, an impressive feat this early in the season.
Also, North Tahoe, despite having only five players on the team (all returning from last year’s state qualifier), has shown strong play from its young team.
Manogue also joins the northern league after playing in division II previously.
But, four teams qualify from the northern region and the aforementioned teams are far and away at the top of the back.
“It’s going to be difficult to defend,” said Merriman. “An uphill climb.”
Merriman conceded that if some of his players are able to bring their scores down out of the 120s, the Wolverines can surprise some people.
Many of Merriman’s duffers are new to tournament play, including Simone Walstrom. Also, Kim Waller returns after a back injury kept her off the course for much of the summer and the first two meets.
Merriman is confident that with the return of Waller and a healthy crew otherwise, there should also be a return to the state tournament.
“It all comes down to what we do at state, as long as we get there,” said Merriman.
Date Opponent Time
9/15 North Tahoe 11 a.m.
9/22 Lowry 11 a.m.
9/28 Truckee 11 a.m.
10/6 Fernley 11 a.m.
10/13 Manogue 11 a.m.
10/18 Virgin Valley TBA
10/19 State Tournament
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