Lakers finish as top Northern team |

Lakers finish as top Northern team

The 2016-17 NTHS varsity boys golf team, from left: Quinn Earley, Connor Hipsley, Ben Hopwood, Jake Inclan, Murphy Scott and Colton Nordby.
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The North Tahoe High School boys’ golf team wrapped up their season at the NIAA 2A Nevada State Boys Golf Championship, outplaying their two Northern Region counterparts for a third-place performance on Tuesday, May 16.

The team’s run at state came on the heels of some of the Lakers playing some of their best golf of the year at the Northern Region Boys Golf Championship, where the team finished as runners-up behind Incline.

“Win, lose or draw our team had an outstanding year,” Head Coach Steve Munro said in an email to the Sierra Sun. “We won every league 2A tournament this year just coming up short in the regionals and state.”

The Lakers entered postseason play on Friday, May 12 with the Northern Region tournament at the Jackpot Golf Club.

North Tahoe finished second out of six full teams at the tournament, shooting a combined score of 481 over 18 holes at the par-72 course to qualify the team for the state tournament.

Incline won the regional title with a score of 469.

Murphy Scott led the Lakers with a 79 for a third-place finish individually.

Quinn Earley was next on the team with an 87 for fourth place, followed by Connor Hipsley with an 89 to finish in seventh place.

Jake Inclan was next into the clubhouse, carding a 105, followed by Hector Vera and Colton Nordby.

The Lakers then traveled to Carson City’s Eagle Valley Golf Course’s West Course for the two-day state championship on May 16-17.

North Tahoe shot a combined score of 933 to finish in third out of six teams at the 6,421-yard, par-72 course.

Lake Mead won the state title with an 895, edging The Meadows by one stroke.

North Tahoe was able to outplay the Northern champions, Incline, over the tournament finishing 66 strokes ahead of the Highlanders.

Scott again led the Lakers; shooting a 79 during the first round, which included a birdie on the par-5, fifth hole. Scott then shot an 82 on the final day to finish in eighth place individually.

Earley was next for the team with a 171 over two rounds of play. His first round was highlighted by back-to-back birdies on holes three and four. He’d then birdie the par-4, ninth hole before finishing his first round with an 80.

Earley struggled on the front nine during the final round, shooting a 48. He improved his play on the back nine to finish with a 91.

Hipsley was next into the clubhouse for the Lakers with a 177. His tournament included a birdie on the par-5, eighth holed.

Nordby had the next lowest score on the team with a 203 followed by Inclan at 221 and Vera at 246.

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