Third place at Mesquite deja vu for Truckee boys golf
In a repeat performance of the 2003 state championships, the Truckee boys golf team finished third and senior Kevin Waters scored the best individual finish with a sixth-place at Mesquite, Nev.
After the first round concluded at The Palms Golf Club on May 18, Truckee held second place after shooting a 438, only three strokes back of Virgin Valley, the eventual team champion. Winds reached 40 mph at times, leading to very high scores in the first round.
Truckee shot eight strokes better in the second round on May 19 at The Oasis Golf Club in much calmer weather, but Boulder City saw a 25-stroke improvement over the first day to take over Truckee for second place.
“We just didn’t deliver that day,” Truckee coach Jeff Froelich said after the tournament. “The boys know they didn’t play as well as they could have, and they know I won’t hold it against them. Maybe it was not being at home or an on-the-road type thing.”
Truckee had to drive 10 hours to Southern Nevada for the second straight state championship, but Froelich offered no excuses. He said the simple explanation was that Truckee shot 20 strokes over its season average of 410 at the Oasis. The second-round 430 dropped the Wolverines to third.
Waters, a senior, shot an 85 and an 80 (165) for the best Truckee individual finish, and Wes Hollabaugh’s 170 was good for a three-way tie for eighth. Rounding out the rest of the Truckee scoring, Greg Shove shot a 176 (16th), Tom Kokenge a 177 (19th), Ian Casey a 180 (21st) and Matt Blesse a 187 (29th).
Dane Byers of Virgin Valley won the individual 3A title over Fernley’s Matt Leestma by two strokes. Kyle Henderson of Boulder City was third.
Truckee, which practices in a climate that forces a much shorter golf season than most Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association schools, still took the highest finish of any Northern 3A squad for the second straight year.
In addition to better golf weather, Froelich said Southern Nevada teams benefit because they get full cooperation from area golf courses that allow high school golfers to play in summer months for discounted rates. Froelich said he has seen some Lake Tahoe area courses comply, but more assistance is needed for high schoolers that can’t afford to play most Tahoe courses.
2004 NIAA 3A State Boys Golf Championships: Team results
(Place) Team Day 1 Day 2 Overall
1. Virgin Valley 435 417 852
2. Boulder City 440 415 855
3. Truckee 438 430 868
4. Lowry 449 430 879
5. Dayton 468 466 934
2004 NIAA 3A State Boys Golf Championships: Individual results
(Place) Player Day 1 Day 2 Overall
1. Dane Byers, Virgin Valley 79 79 158
2. Matt Leestma, Fernley 81 79 160
3. Kyle Henderson, Boulder City 82 80 162
4. Dusty Craddock, Boulder City 85 79 164
5. Jacobi Grillo, Virgin Valley 83 82 165
6. Kevin Waters, Truckee 85 80 165
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