North Tahoe girls’ golf | Haley Packard leads improving Laker squad |

North Tahoe girls’ golf | Haley Packard leads improving Laker squad

Senior golfer Haley Packard recorded back-to-back individual wins to lead the Laker girls to a first- and second-place finish in their first two tournaments of the season.

The Lakers opened the season Sept. 2 by hosting the North Tahoe Invitational at Old Brockway in Kings Beach, where defending 2A state champ Incline, Pershing County and Yerington also competed.

Playing with just four golfers and#8212; the minimum allowed to record a complete team score and#8212; the Lakers took second place behind Packard’s winning score of 91. Yerington, which dropped from the 3A to the 2A this year, won the tournament with a team score of 482. North Tahoe posted a 505, followed by Incline’s 521 and Pershing County’s 535.

Lakers head coach Bill Freeman said he was happy to finish second, especially with two new girls this year, one of whom has never golfed, and one who has golfed infrequently.

Rounding out the Lakers’ individual scores were senior Jess Daniels’ 115, junior Shelby Crawford’s 147 and first-year sophomore Zoe Thompson’s 156.

After a week of practice and lessons, the Lakers ventured to the Incline Invitational at Eagle Valley in Carson City this past Thursday to compete against the same four teams.

and#8220;I couldn’t have been happier or prouder of the improvement our ladies made,and#8221; said Freeman, whose team finished first in the tournament, beating out Yerington by three strokes, 439-442.

North Tahoe improved by 66 strokes as a team, and each Laker had her own considerable improvement.

Packard shot an 82 for another first place, Daniels improved 15 strokes to a 100, Crawford improved 23 strokes to a 124, and Thompson got her first-ever par and improved 23 strokes to a 133.

and#8220;I really believe if we continue to improve and#8212; of course not at that clip, most likely and#8212; we have a definite shot at a top-three finish at state,and#8221; Freeman said. and#8220;The girls are working hard, and having a lot of fun at this great and frustrating game.and#8221;

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.

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