North Tahoe golf: Alec Griffith takes fourth at state |

North Tahoe golf: Alec Griffith takes fourth at state

Jim Grant/Sun News ServiceNorth Tahoe's Alex Griffith watches his tee shot on the second hole at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Wednesday. The junior placed fourth individually in the two-day state championship tournament.

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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