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State championship golfers return

BAY KELLEY, Sierra Sun

Last year, the Tahoe-Truckee girls’ golf team defeated Battle Mountain by two strokes (1,007 to 1,009) to claim its first-ever state title.

This year all the components are in place for a repeat.

“We’re hoping to win the state title again,” said Truckee head coach Mike Merriman, “And with the experience that we have, we should.

“Basically, everyone’s back,” he said, “except for Grace Kennelly, who graduated.”

The team

Indeed the core has returned.

Renee Trudeau, who struggled through last year’s final before gaining her composure to reach and win a tie-breaker in the final, is the defending individual state champion.

Already, this year, Trudeau, in the team’s first match of the season last Friday at Battle Mountain, has claimed a first-place honor, shooting a 93 on the 18-hole course. The sophomore’s score was 11 strokes better than any of the opposing schools’ – Battle Mountain, North Tahoe, Spring Creek, Fernley and Wells – scores.

But it was only one stroke better than her senior teammate, Megan Harter. Harter shot a 94, claiming the second-place prize at Battle Mountain. Harter finished ninth in last year’s finals but, according to Merriman, “will be challenging Renee for No. 1 player in the state” this year.

Kim Waller, a junior, placed third at the Battle Mountain tournament, finishing the day with a 99.

“She has been working hard all summer with other teachers,” Merriman said. “She shot a 99. That’s excellent. A 99, as far as tournament action goes, I think, is her best score.”

In last year’s finals, Waller and Malissa Davis, now a senior on the team, tied for 16th place.

Emily DeCarlo also participated in last year’s finals.

“She is a good solid player,” Merriman said. “She’s been hitting the ball real well in practice.”

New to the team is Meghan Rosewood. Rosewood, a senior, scored a 123 at Battle Mountain, her first tournament ever.

“She played well above my expectations,” Merriman said. “I was extremely pleased.”

Also participating in the Battle Mountain Tournament was Simone Wellstrom.

Other players on the team are Tifffany Schegg (freshman) and Kristina Sheehy (junior).

The competition

The Truckee team, in addition to claiming the first-, second- and third-place individual awards in the Battle Mountain season opener, also claimed the team prize, handily defeating Fernley, which placed second.

According to Merriman, there are three teams that could compete with Truckee for this year’s title.

North Tahoe is “doing fairly well” and Fernley “looks like they’ve got a solid team” but Pahrump is the one to watch.

“They were third last year and got most of their kids back,” Merriman said. “They should be good competition come final time.”


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