North Tahoe golf | Lakers advance to state with 3rd-place regional finish |

North Tahoe golf | Lakers advance to state with 3rd-place regional finish

Submitted PhotoThe North Tahoe golf team placed third at regionals to advance to the 2A State Championship tournament in Needles on Monday and Tuesday.

The North Tahoe golf team will compete in the 2A State Championship tournament in Needles (Calif.) on Monday and Tuesday after qualifying with a third-place finish at regionals.

The Lakers posted a team score of 485 in the regional tournament, which was held Thursday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

and#8220;I’m very proud of our entire team making it to the state championship,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Steve Munro. and#8220;Our No. 1 player, Justin Fenley, has been playing very steady all season long and has a great chance of winning the state championship as an individual.and#8221;

Defending state champion Jordan Wright of Incline took medalist honors, shooting a 79, while Whittell’s Jake Williams was second with an 82, and Fenley finished third with an 84.

Fenley found himself in a three-way playoff for the third seed, going to the back nine, but he took the honor over Grant Gabriel, who was Sage Ridge’s only player, and Sierra Lutheran’s Luke Barulich. Mineral County’s Mauro Viani was sixth with an 85.

Among the Laker contingent, Trevor Semmens carded a 92, which was good enough for 11th, Riley McGuire McCarthy a 101, Zachary Kriston a 103, Daniel Vandewiele a 105 and Griffin Granger a 116. The top fives scores count toward the team result.

Whittell will enter state as the top seed from the North after posting a winning team score of 448. Incline was second with a 470, while the Lakers easily captured the third and final Northern seed as Battle Mountain finished a distant fourth with a 524.

Wells came in fifth, shooting a 531, and was followed by Sierra Lutheran (535), Yerington (547) and Jackpot (629). Sage Ridge and Mineral County did not have full teams.

and#8220;If we can all play to our full potential as a team, we could do this,and#8221; Munro said about winning a state championship. and#8220;It’s very exciting to have this chance.and#8221;

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