The North Tahoe Lakers Golf Team Friday broke the grip on first place that Tahoe Truckee High School held all season.
Playing on their home turf Tahoe City Golf Course, the Lakers turned in a first place team finish 374, to outpace the Wolverines who finished the match with a 385. Laker Andy Cummings shot his fourth consecutive sub-par tournament score (a 64, 2-under par) to lead the team to victory as well as to take first place in the individual standings.
Cummings was consistent, shooting a 32 each time around the nine hole course for a total of 18 holes. Laker Justin Linkey shot a 71 for second place in the tournament.
Eric Stevens of Truckee High shot a 73 for third place, leading his team to the second place spot in the tournament. Truckee also successfully held off third and fourth place league rivals Battle Mountain and Spring Creek. Battle Mountain scored a 402, Spring Creek a 423, Fernley a 461 and ROP scored a 494.
Rounding out the scores for the Lakers, Evan Sharbrough shot a 78, Chris Linkey a 74, R. Valdez an 87 and Jake Cohen shot a 101. For the Wolverines, Jason Waters shot an 81, Travis Spencer a 76, Mark Lundbeck a 74, Ryan Stock an 83 and CR Johnson shot an 81.
The Lakers have been nudging towards the first place spot for the past few weeks, closing the gap the previous week in the tournament at Spring Creek to tie Truckee in league standings.
“They’re coming on strong, and unfortunately we’re just not playing as well as we normally do,” Truckee Golf Coach Jeff Froelich said during the match.
League play continues today at the Lahontan Golf Course in Truckee, with the final regular league match tomorrow at the Northstar-at-Tahoe course.
“Lahontan should be neutral ground for us both, but they may have the home turf edge at Northstar,” Bob Milani, the Lakers coach said.
The Lakers and Wolverines hope to hold off their closest competition, Battle Mountain and Spring Creek, to qualify for the State Championships May 18-19 at Fernley.
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