North Tahoe golf: Lakers shooting for state championship
These Lakers can flat out play.
and#8220;I have eight kids who can play well, so we’re loaded. We have weapons,and#8221; said Dick Tomlinson, head coach of the North Tahoe golf team.
Upon further review, Tomlinson counted 10 players, not eight, who’ve shown an ability to post low scores in tournament play. With only six players allowed to travel to the weekly tournaments, however, the Lakers’ stockpile of talent has created some in-house competition. And that’s a good thing, Tomlinson said.
and#8220;It’s a great problem to have. It’s unheard of in my seven years of coaching,and#8221; the coach said of having such a large team, which consists of 15 golfers total. and#8220;It’s a dream to have more kids that want to play than you have spots.and#8221;
Alec Griffith, who finished fourth individually in the 2009 state championship, returns as the Lakers’ No. 1 golfer and only senior. Junior Travis Boerner finished 10th at state last year and returns as North Tahoe’s No. 2 golfer. Then there’s juniors Craig Munro, Connor Whaley, Sean Lovely, Daniel Longo, Eliot Headley and Andrew Hill, and freshmen Trevor Semmons and Justin Fenley.
and#8220;And they’re all good kids,and#8221; Tomlinson said. and#8220;I feel lucky. They also have a lot of enthusiasm because they know they can go to state, and maybe even win it.and#8221;
That’s the goal, anyway. To reach that goal, the Lakers will have to finish among the top three in the regional tournament at Edgewood on May 13. They’re sure to face some stiff competition once there, as defending state champ Whittell, as well as 2009 state runner-up Incline and Battle Mountain, also boast strong teams in 2010.
and#8220;I think we’re better than Incline, but Whittell is pretty solid, so they’re probably going to be our main competition,and#8221; said Tomlinson, whose Lakers have finished just behind rival Incline in a couple of early season tournaments, when North Tahoe did not have its full roster of starting players competing.
Griffith, who works at Tahoe City Golf Course, consistently has scored in the 70s to lead the Lakers. Tomlinson said Griffith’s senior leadership and dedication to success also are priceless to the team.
and#8220;This is going to be his year, and he knows it,and#8221; Tomlinson said of his top golfer. and#8220;He’s been with us four years and has a lot of tournament experience.and#8221;
Last year the Lakers narrowly missed out on the state tournament after qualifying the previous year, as only Griffith and Boerner earned individual berths. The Lakers would like to change that in 2010.
and#8220;When we made it to state (in 2008), most the kids were freshmen, so they want it bad this year,and#8221; Tomlinson said. and#8220;They know this is their year to do it. This is their year to win state as a team.and#8221;