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Golfers look to prevail

JAMES BALL

Coming off a fourth-place finish at state last year, the Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ golf team looks to improve on its history with a solid performance this year.

Looking at the present and to the future, head coach Mike Merriman has to admit the team breaks down nicely. There are two seniors, six juniors and four sophomores, while only one senior graduated from last year.

The team’s core is the juniors, most of whom have been around a golf course a few times. Leading them is Megan Harter and Melissa Davis, who have played three years for TTHS.

“We will draw on experience,” Merriman said. “They will have more maturity to handle the pressure of tournaments.”

Another standout is Rene Trudeau, a sophomore, who has been winning tournaments all summer in anticipation of the fall season.

“She brings low scores and consistently solid scores.”

The schedule looks roughly the same as last year’s, with 12 matches against regional and division competitors. What is different this year is TTHS’s home base.

Rather than Northstar, as in years past, the squad will take to the fresh, new links at Lahontan, Truckee’s private course across from the airport on Highway 267.

“They’ve been very hospitable,” said Merriman, who has had a chance to play the Tom Weiskopf-designed course.

Defending its state title will be the Pahrump squad, a team Merriman called “tough.”

A more immediate challenge will be Battle Mountain, a rival which beat out Truckee for the division title last year and has only lost a single player to graduation.

“We’ll have a pretty good match between us and Battle Mountain for first in the division,” Merriman said. “Some of the other teams in the division are not as solid as we are.”

In a recent preseason tournament at Spring Creek, Pahrump took first, Battle Mountain second and Truckee third, though that doesn’t give a complete picture.

Teams played with four, rather than the usual six, players and Truckee was missing more than one expected starter.

As for areas of concern, Merriman points to the lack of depth despite a larger team.

“We need two more who can post consistently good scores,” Merriman said. “If we can have that as a team, then we can be really solid.”

Merriman named Kim Waller and Emily DeCarlo as potential standouts.

The team’s first official meet will be at Battle Mountain tomorrow.

“I expect consistent play from at least three people this year. If we can do that, then we will do very well.”

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