Truckee’s Flynn wins state golf title behind career-best round
Truckee sophomore Ryan Flynn capped off an undefeated season on the golf course by playing the best round of her life on the final day of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 3A State Girls’ Golf Championship.
Flynn was on fire during Tuesday’s round at Boulder Creek Golf Club’s Desert Hawk-to-Coyote Run nine hole courses in Boulder City, firing a 6-under-par 66 with nine birdies and an eagle to finish 11 strokes ahead of second place at 1-under-par for the 36-hole tournament.
“I’ve broken par this year once,” said Flynn. “I’ve never been 6-under before or even close.”
The field of athletes and five teams opened play on Monday at the 5,453-yard, par-72 Boulder City Golf Course. After the first round of play, Flynn, who was a state runner-up as a freshman, sat in a tie for first place, having fired a 5-over-par 77.
Western’s Carolyn Lemon also shot a 77, and Pahrump Valley’s Breanne Nygaard in contention after carding a 78.
Following the round, Flynn said her father took her to the driving range to work a few things out ahead of Tuesday’s final round.
“I worked on some things with my dad at the range Monday night,” she said. “Just being more aggressive with the club and finishing stronger.”
As she made her way to the tee box the following morning, the nerves of fulfilling an undefeated season and claiming her first state title began to take hold.
“I was very nervous teeing off,” said Flynn. “I started off with a bogey, so that wasn’t the start that I wanted.”
Flynn rebounded with back-to-back birdies on holes two and three, but later carded a double bogey on hole six. She finished the front nine with birdies on holes seven and eight to move four strokes ahead of second place.
From there, Flynn took complete control of the state tournament with birdies on holes 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16, along with an eagle on hole 13.
“I hit my drive and I was actually kind of in the right rough,” said Flynn on making eagle on the 13th hole. “I had an uphill lie. I had 183 (yards) in and I hit a hybrid.”
Flynn’s shot would settle 3 feet from the pin to set up her first eagle of the high school season. The ensuing putt would all but guarantee the sophomore a state title.
“I was saying to my coach, ‘This is insane.’ I never imagined I could play that good or I would,” said Flynn. “But I’ve worked really hard this summer and the fall, so I was expecting to go low soon.”
Since the start of 2019, Flynn said she has played 190 days of golf, including rounds with her brother and the Truckee boys’ team in the spring, on her home course at Schaffer’s Mill during the summer, and with the girls’ team this fall.
“I wanted to win,” said Flynn. “I’ve worked really hard so I could put myself in a position to compete for first … having that title, it’s pretty amazing. It really hasn’t clicked yet.”
Though a sophomore, Flynn said she already has plans on competing on the collegiate level with a dream of playing for Stanford University.
“Pretty much anywhere that has a good golf team and good academics,” she said.
Pahrump Valley’s Breanne Nygaard finished the state tournament in second at 10-over-par, followed by Western’s Carolyn Lemon in third place at 11-over-par.
Truckee’s Annika Thayer finished 13th with a 56-over-par 200. Emma Cooley (231) and Annsley Akers (243) rounded out Truckee’s four scoring players. The team also had Riley Cornette (251) and Maddie Bragg (278) playing in the tournament.
As a team, Truckee finished fourth out of five squads with a combined 240-over-par 816. Elko won the team state title with a low score of 743.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-550-2643.