North Tahoe golf | Lakers make state cut by one stroke
The North Tahoe golf team edged Incline by the slightest of margins to earn third place and#8212; and the final state berth and#8212; at the Northern 2A Regional Tournament in Jackpot on Monday.
Playing in 38-degree weather with a strong, biting wind, the Lakers posted a team score of 446 to the Highlanders’ 447.
and#8220;It came down to the wire,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Steve Munro. and#8220;It was unbelievable. They said it was one of the closest zone tournaments in a long time at the 2A/1A level and#8230;
and#8220;I was so nervous, I was just shaking,and#8221; the coach continued. and#8220;I’m really proud of them.and#8221;
Incline head coach Joe Humasti helped put in perspective just how close the final tally was between the Tahoe Basin rivals.
and#8220;There were a total of 216 holes played among the 12 players (between both schools), and of the 216 holes, it came down to a one-shot difference,and#8221; Humasti said, adding that both teams played and#8220;very welland#8221; in the adverse conditions. and#8220;That’s how close it can be. It’s why I stress that every shot counts.and#8221;
Whittell captured the Northern 2A Regional title, finishing with a low score of 423, while Sage Ridge was runner up at 430. Hawthorne (463) was fifth among the 10 teams and was followed by Battle Mountain (464), Yerington (472), Wells (495), Sierra Lutheran (502) and Jackpot (no score).
A year after winning the individual regional title, North Tahoe senior Travis Boerner led the Lakers while finishing 11th overall with an 81. He posted a 38 on the front nine before adding five strokes to his score on the back side.
Incline junior Jordan Wright won the individual regional championship, posting an even-par 72 on the 6,436-yard course and#8212; thanks in large part to a tournament-low 33 on the back. Foster Kenton of Hawthorne was runner-up with a 73, Jens Verhey of Sage Ridge shot a 76, and four others tied at 77. Whittell’s Jake Williams shot a 79 to lead the Warriors.
Munro said he was impressed with the level of competition at the regional tournament, especially given the cold weather and wind.
and#8220;It was terrible. It was miserable cold,and#8221; Munro said. and#8220;I froze my tail off. I couldn’t believe these kids were playing in these conditions.and#8221;
After Boerner, North Tahoe’s Connor Whaley and Daniel Longo each carded 89s, while Justin and#8220;Busterand#8221; Fenley shot a 90, Trevor Semmens a 97 and Eliot Headley a 115. The top five scores count toward a team’s total.
Munro credited Longo for playing an and#8220;unbelievableand#8221; back nine, as he shot a team-low 40 to help the Lakers nip Incline by a stroke.
and#8220;Daniel played lights out,and#8221; Munro said, adding that the senior even had to climb a tree to hit one particularly tricky shot, which he did skillfully.
The Lakers made the 455-mile trip to Jackpot, which is located near the Idaho border north of Wells, on Saturday morning in order to get in a couple of practice days beforehand. The effort paid off, Munro said, as North Tahoe players used the time to their advantage by learning the nuances of the Jackpot course.
and#8220;We got a good practice round in. It was a course that the kids needed to play and#8212; a lot of blind shots and a lot of doglegs,and#8221; Munro said. and#8220;If they wouldn’t have played it, it would have been terrible.and#8221;
To view the complete results from regionals, go to the NIAA website at http://www.niaa.com.