North Tahoe golf | Lakers third in snowy state championship
STATELINE, Nev. and#8212; It was only fitting that the storm-drenched high school golf season ended with a wintry punch.
Competing in increasingly heavy snowfall at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course on Tuesday, the North Tahoe golf team wrapped up the two-day State Championship tournament with a third-place finish among the top six 2A schools in Nevada.
Senior Travis Boerner and#8212; last year’s Northern 2A regional champ and#8212; tied for seventh place individually to lead the Lakers, while sophomore teammate Justin and#8220;Busterand#8221; Fenley tied for ninth.
and#8220;I’m pretty satisfied (with the result), but I’m more just satisfied that we made state. That was really huge for us,and#8221; said first-year North Tahoe head coach Steve Munro, referring to the Lakers’ clutch performance at regionals the previous week, when they edged Incline by one stroke to earn the final state berth.
and#8220;I was kind of hoping we would do better in the state tournament, but Whittell is dominant.and#8221;
The Warriors, however, who led by one stroke after Day 1 at Genoa Lakes, could not hold off an upstart Sage Ridge team on the second day of the tournament, despite playing on their home course. Sage Ridge finished the second round seven strokes ahead of Whittell to earn the 2A state title with a two-day score of 859.
The Warriors came in at 865, while North Tahoe finished at 890. Southern 2A representatives White Pine (948), Lake Mead (959) and Needles (999) and#8212; ill-prepared to play golf in the snow, Munro said and#8212; rounded out the top six.
Similarly to the Northern 2A Regional tournament in Jackpot a week prior, and like most of the tournaments during the regular season, conditions were far from ideal for golf and#8212; on either day. Wind and rain greeted the golfers for the first round at Genoa Lakes on Monday, while blustery snow showers made for a chilly day at Edgewood for the second round the following day.
and#8220;Conditions were even worse than Jackpot,and#8221; Munro said. and#8220;The last three holes were really bad. But we ended up playing the whole tournament, and it was fair for everybody. They all had the same conditions.and#8221;
A select few even thrived in the conditions. Jordan Wright of Incline carded a 76 on Day 1 in Genoa and a 73 at Edgewood to capture the individual title by two strokes, 149-151, over defending state champ Foster Kenton of Mineral County. Dylan Turner of Sage Ridge posted a 74 on Day 2 to match Kenton’s 151, but Kenton took second based on a tiebreaker.
Boerner shot a steady round of 81 on the 6,050-yard par-72 course in Genoa and an 83 at Edgewood, a par-72 that measures 6,365 yards. His 164 over the two days was good enough for a seventh-place tie with Tony Wallock of Battle Mountain.
and#8220;Travis played fantastic,and#8221; Munro said. and#8220;He played really well considering the conditions.and#8221;
Fenley, who was knotted in a three-way tie for fourth place after shooting a 77 at Genoa, carded a 90 in the tough conditions at Edgewood to finish tied for ninth, at 167.
and#8220;He had a little trouble (on Tuesday),and#8221; Munro said. and#8220;But he shot the best round of his life on Monday. I was pretty proud of him.and#8221;
North Tahoe senior Connor Whaley shot an 84 and a 96 (180) for a 19th-place finish, while teammate Trevor Semmens shot a 94 and a 92 (186) and finished 23rd, Daniel Longo shot a 94 and a 99 (193) for 27th, and Eliot Headley shot a 104 and a 99 for 34th.
and#8220;The one thing that made me feel good about (Tuesday) was that we were the only team out of six that didn’t have a score in the 100s,and#8221; Munro said. and#8220;And with those conditions, that’s pretty darn good. So that made me feel good.and#8221;