Golf team preps for state meet |

Golf team preps for state meet

Courtesy Photo Greg Shove takes a practice swing on a par three during a recent team trip to The Palms, one of the 2004 State Meet courses.

The Truckee boys’ golf team kept on rolling on Friday, April 9, in Winnemucca, Nev., with its fifth team win in as many matches.

After Truckee won its fourth match of the season in dramatic fashion (Tom Kokenge shot a tie-breaking round of 89 to beat Dayton), Truckee breathed a little easier in this one, winning by three strokes over Lowry and Yerington with a 397.

Kevin Waters shot a 74 to win individual honors, leading Truckee to its second best score of the year. Waters made a par on the playoff hole to capture the tiebreaker against John Rife of Yerington. Wes Hollabaugh also shined, shooting a 77, good enough for third on the day.

All season long, the team has gotten solid contributions and consistency from its players. One golfer might even be back to his old ways.

“It’s great to see Nathan Wrenn back in the mix posting an 80,” head coach Jeff Froelich said. “We’ve been hoping he’d return to last season’s form. I think he will continue the same success as the season progresses.”

Matt Blesse and Greg Shove equaled each other’s 83s, and Ian Casey rounded out the scoring with an 84. But Froelich has noticed that Truckee is not distancing itself from the pack like it was in the first couple events.

“The league is extremely competitive right now,” he said. “Winning by three strokes over two schools is really a minuscule margin. Our guys need to continue improving to take this thing all the way to Mesquite.”

Mesquite, Nev., is the site of the 2004 State Meet on May 19 and 20. Froelich organized a recent trip there and was determined to give his kids a firsthand look at the course, so that they could at least get a practice round of golf in at The Oasis and The Palms courses before the real deal in May.

“The state championship preview trip to Mesquite was fantastic,” he said. “What we learned from playing the state championship course venues prior to the tournament should be extremely helpful.”

With only four meets left before the state championship, Truckee is closing in on a Northern 3A team title. It has earned the maximum 45 points so far this season. The top three teams make the trip to state.

The golf team plays at Eagle Valley on Friday, April 23, starting at 9 a.m. in a tournament hosted by Rite of Passage.

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