Teeing off: Truckee senior holes state championship
Most seven-year-old girls play with dolls and aspire to be dancers, gymnasts or actresses.
Truckee senior Renee Trudeau was seven when her father bought Trudeau her first set of golf clubs. It was not until Trudeau was 13, however, that she began to play golf seriously, joining clubs and competing with women more than 30 years her senior. Sacrificing her love for other sports like soccer and volleyball, Trudeau began to focus solely on golf, and five years later reigns as the 2000 NIAA girls golf champion, a Nevada state champion for the second time in three years.
In 1999, Trudeau finished second in state competition behind North Tahoe’s Tiana Jones. This season a rather different scene could be viewed on the course, as Trudeau clearly dominated with her consistently solid play. How much did Renee improve? Her season average of 81.7 speaks for itself. In addition, despite playing two of her worst rounds of the season at the championships in Mesquite, she emerged as the champion once again. Is this a Tigress Woods in the making?
Trudeau plans to use her golf prowess in exchange for a free education and currently has a sports agent scouting out schools and scholarship opportunities.
As far as hopes of the LPGA, Trudeau laughed and said “for now I am just happy beating the boys that I play with and getting into a good school in the process.”
Renee is looking at Santa Clara as a possible site to study Business Administration, but said, “wherever I get the best offer is where I will go.”
In the meantime, bimonthly trips down to Sacramento will be Trudeau’s only chance to play golf until golf weather resumes again. Golf coach Mike Merriman was pleased with Trudeau’s performance and the team as a whole, stating “the season went as expected.” With five seniors graduating this year, Merriman will be heavily recruiting new golfers in the spring.
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As seniors from North Tahoe collected diplomas this week, a group of Lakers continued another local tradition — capturing first place at the boys’ regional golf championship.