Prep golfers swing on
The Truckee High golf team placed second and North Tahoe seventh in a Northern 3A league tournament at Spring Creek on Friday.
The host Spartans, who took first with a combined score of 398, held a distinct home field advantage on what was a tricky course with domed greens, said North Tahoe head coach Dick Tomlinson, whose team posted a score of 457.
Truckee, which had won the previous three tournaments and remains atop the league standings, posted a team score of 404. The Wolverines were followed by Fernley (416), Lowry (417), Yerington (442) and Dayton (448).
Individually for Truckee, Danny Kruck led the way with a team-low 75. Bryce Poulin shot a 77, Gavin Novotny 82, Richie Breuner 84, Pat Galvin 86 and Matt Hardy 88.
Tomlinson said that for the most part the Laker golfers remained consistent with past performances.
North Tahoe was led by David Phipps, who turned in an 80 and has a good shot at earning an individual bid to the state tournament if he shoots well in the final two tournaments of the season, Tomlinson said.
Phipps was followed by freshman Alec Griffith, who Tomlinson said will be the focus of next year’s team and has been very competitive in his first season. Griffith shot an 87 at Spring Creek beneath the backdrop of the Ruby Mountains.
Taylor Tomlinson was next lowest for North Tahoe with an 89 and was followed by Tyler Fidler with a 94 and Kevin Scardigli with a 107.
While Tomlinson was happy with his players’ performances and consistency, he is really looking forward to North Tahoe’s host tournament at South Shore’s Edgewood Golf Course on Friday.
Part of Tomlinson’s excitement comes from his plans to incorporate some younger players into the fold.
Tomlinson said that there are a number of talented eighth-graders entering the high school program next year who will be getting a jump on things by tagging along at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
After watching the competition round at South Shore, Tomlinson said he will return to the North Shore and play nine holes at Old Brockway with the eighth graders while talking with them about next year and what they should be doing throughout the summer.
The coach said he is excited about next season, as while the Lakers will compete for the first year in the Northern 2A, they will return Griffith, Scardigli and Brian Gimbert while receiving about six talented freshmen to fight for the remaining three spots to represent the team.
That should make the 2008 season a good one for North Tahoe, one that will possibly end at the state tournament, Tomlinson hopes.
But for now the coach has his team’s hosted tournament on his mind. And there’s no finer floor than Edgewood, he said.
Tomlinson said that not only is the course world-class, but since it is not open to the public until May 9, North Tahoe doesn’t have to contend with public golfers and thus he can spread things out as much as he wants.
“We’ve got the whole golf course,” Tomlinson said.
” Sylas Wright contributed to this story.
North Tahoe hosts the next tournament, which will be held at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Friday with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Truckee hosts the final tournament of the season the following Thursday, May 10, at Old Greenwood starting at 10 a.m. The state championship tournament takes place on May 14-15. Time and location is to be announced.
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