Truckee golf falls short in championship
The Truckee High golf team placed fifth out of five schools in the Nevada 3A State Golf Championship held Monday and Tuesday at Somersett Country Club ” a 6,763-yard, par-72 course in Reno.
Southern Nevada teams dominated the competition, as Faith Lutheran took first with a team score of 825 while Boulder City came in second with a score of 852.
Fernley was third at 865, followed by Lowry (866) and Truckee (878).
“It’s a major disappointment,” Truckee head coach Jeff Froelich said of his team’s performance. “To go all year long and consistently beat Fernley and Lowry, and then to turn around in the state tournament and have them beat us, it was very disappointing.”
Froelich ” whose team won four of nine regular-season tournaments and finished in first place with 70 points to Fernley’s 69 and Lowry’s 68 ” said the Reno course was challenging, with lots of hazards and fairways that ran straight into sage brush and other natural features.
But, despite its high level of difficulty, the coach said his team knew what to expect going into the tournament.
“You really can’t make excuses,” Froelich said. “We just didn’t perform well.”
Individually, Faith Lutheran’s Charlie Harrison earned the honor of state champion, shooting a 76 on Day 1 and following with a tournament-low 67 the second day for a combined score of 143. The next closest competitor was Fernley’s Brandon Dalton, who shot an 80 on the first day and 75 the second for an overall score of 155.
Senior Danny Kruck led Truckee with an eighth-place finish, posting an 85 on Day 1 and 82 on Day 2 for a total score of 167. He was followed by senior Gavin Novotny (89, 80-169), sophomore Bryce Poulin (92, 80-172), and seniors Richie Breuner (92, 90-182), Pat Galvin (105, 90-195) and Kevin Barchas (98, 98-196).
The top five individuals from non-qualifying teams during the regular season also earned a berth to compete in the State Championship.
Charlie Harrison, Faith Lutheran 76, 67-143
Brandon Dalton, Fernley 80, 75-155
Spencer Montgomery, Boulder City 82, 74-156
Kyle Baumann, Incline 80, 80-160
Joey Dendary, Lowry 81-80-161
Yuki Kato, Faith Lutheran 85, 76-161
Dustin Craddock, Boulder City 83, 80-163
Kevin Leestma, Fernley 87, 80-167
Danny Kruck, Truckee 85, 82-167
Andrew Palmer, Dayton 81, 87-168
Danny Kruck 79
Bryce Poulin 80
Pat Galvin 81
Kevin Barchas 82
Gavin Novotny 85
Richie Breuner 89
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