North Tahoe golf: Alec Griffith takes fourth at state
STATELINE, Nev. ” North Tahoe junior Alec Griffith shot a final-round 79 to finish fourth individually in the 2A state championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Wednesday.
Griffith, who was in third place after firing a 78 on Day 1 of the two-day tournament, posted a final score of 157 ” just two strokes back of winner Foster Kenton of Mineral County. Kenton shot a 75 in the first round and an 80 in the second for a 155 total.
Defending state champion Jon “Cookie” Szendrey and Trevor Fairbank, both of Whittell, fired identical rounds of 5-over 77 to each finish at 156.
Griffith, who works at Tahoe City Golf Course, competed individually along with sophomore teammate Travis Boerner, who placed 10th overall. Boerner shot an 89 and 84 for a 173 total.
According to North Tahoe head coach Dick Tomlinson’s account, Griffith pulled even with Mineral County’s Kenton after shooting 37 on the front. But an 8 on hole No. 10 left him two strokes back.
He “steadied the ship” with a birdie on 15 and par on 16 to pull within one point of the lead, but a bogey on 18 left him two back.
“He’ll learn from (the experience) next year,” said Tomlinson, who’s excited to have a full team of returners next season, when he expects the Lakers to contend for the 2A title.
The Lakers narrowly missed out as a team this year, placing fourth at zones just six strokes short of a championship berth.
In the team competition Tuesday and Wednesday, Whittell captured its third straight 2A golf championship with a two-day total of 835 ” 25 strokes better than runner-up Incline (860). Battle Mountain finished a distant third at 948 and was followed by Needles, (959), Round Mountain (1,087) and West Wendover (incomplete).
The state tournament was played over the 6,050-yard, par-72 Genoa Lakes Golf Club on Tuesday and the 6,365-yard, par-72 Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Wednesday.
1st, Foster Kenton, Mineral County, 75-80″155
2nd, Trevor Fairbank, Whittell, 79-77″156 (scorecard tie-breaker)
3rd, Jonathan Szendrey, Whittell, 79-77″156
4th, Alec Griffith, North Tahoe, 78-79″157
5th, Jordan Wright, Incline, 84-77″161
6th, Tommy Annese, Incline, 81-83″164
7. Justin Holets, Incline, 81-86″167
7. Will Doudy, West Wendover, 81-86″167
9. Michael Koskin, Whittell, 77-91″168
10. Travis Boerner, North Tahoe, 89-84″173
11. Erik Baumann, Incline, 88-86″174
12. Cullen Pottmeyer, Needles, 87-88″175
13. Steven Mick, Whittell, 90-87″177
13. Denver Otteson, Tonopah, 89-88″177
15. Tony Wallock, Battle Mountain, 88-91″179
16. Geoff Caliger, Whittell, 101-82″183
16. Dennis Bee, Mountain View, 95-88″183
18. Will Sweeney, Round Mountain, 92-92″184
18. Tyler Hitchler, Lake Mead, 88-96″184
18. Joey Velesquez, Lake Mead, 83-101″184
21. Kenton Hartwick, Needles, 95-92″187
21. Clint Wilson, Round Mountain, 87-100″187
23. Nolan Hartwick, Needles, 94-94″188
24. Jerrick Price, West Wendover, 93-96″189
25. Jake Winters, Battle Mountain, 97-93″190
25. Matt Newgard, Battle Mountain, 96-94″190
27. Bobby Graham, West Wendover, 94-97″191
28. Alexander Szendrey, Whittell, 96-96″192
29. Trevor Jones, Battle Mountain, 100-94″194
29. Sam Canino, Incline, 97-97″194
31. Tylor Whitehead, Battle Mountain, 98-97″195
31. Shawn Pearson, Wells, 93-102″195
33. Travis Causey, Incline, 98-98″196
33. Daniel Sweeney, Round Mountain, 98-98″196
35. Clancey Carver, Round Mountain, 105-99″204
35. Shane East, Needles, 102-102″204
37. Kyle Parker, Needles, 103-102″205
38. Drew McLeod, Tonopah, 109-98″207
39. Michael Lowenthal, Needles, 105-107″212
40. Alex Hester, Jackpot, 94-123″217
41. Tyler Cardoza, Battle Mountain, 103-115″218
42. Robert McCluskey, Round Mountain, 143-173″316
1. Whittell, 421-414″835
2. Incline, 431-429″860
3. Battle Mountain, 479-469″948
4. Needles, 481-478″959
5. Round Mountain, 525-562″1087
6. West Wendover, Inc.
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As seniors from North Tahoe collected diplomas this week, a group of Lakers continued another local tradition — capturing first place at the boys’ regional golf championship.