Truckee golf team earns consecutive NIAA state titles
The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverine golf team successfully defended its NIAA/U.S. Bank Nevada State Championship title, but witnessed the dethroning of its queen.
Truckee traveled to the Desert Lakes course at Fernley last Thursday and Friday and, with a two-day score of 955, defeated its nearest competitor, Boulder City High School, by 13 strokes, reclaiming the Nevada state championship.
“With a 22-stroke lead at the end of the first day (472-494 over Pahrump),” Truckee Coach Mike Merriman said, “basically our goal the second day was to not make any mistakes.”
The 472 score was the tournament low, tied by Boulder on the second day, and Truckee’s 483 second-day score was second best.
The defending individual state champion, Renee Trudeau, however, was upset by Division I rival Tiana Jones a sophomore at North Tahoe High School.
Trudeau had successfully beaten Jones in all their regular season meetings, and led by four strokes, 83-87, heading into the second day of the state tournament.
Jones, however, rose to the occasion and shot a tournament low and personal best 81 on Friday to claim the state title. Trudeau finished in second place with a score of 86, missing first by only one stroke. Trudeau lost two strokes when she double-bogied on the tournament’s last hole.
“There’s always next year,” Trudeau said. “A two day tournament doesn’t necessarily determine who’s the best player.”
Megan Harter, who has been competitive with Trudeau all season, led at the close of the first day with a score of 82.
Harter finished the tournament ranked third when a disappointing Friday resulted in a 95, eliminating her from contention for first place.
“I choked the second day,” Harter said. “I shot my best round ever the first day and then I choked. On the last five holes I just lost my concentration, but our team pulled through.”
“This was Harter’s best finish in four years (in state tournament play),” said Merriman. “Being a senior, I would’ve liked to see her do better. I’m proud of the seniors. They’re the ones who got this going four years ago. They were Truckee’s first really good team.”
Jennifer Gillig and Johanna McDonald of Boulder City claimed the fourth and fifth positions with scores of 180 and 181.
Boulder’s scores improved immensely from day one to day two. The Eagles gained 24 strokes over the two-day period, but were unable to overcome Truckee’s dominant first-day performance.
Emily DeCarlo, Malissa Davis, Kim Waller and Simone Wallstrom wereTruckee’s other players, placing 16th, 20th, 23rd and 57th, respectively.
DeCarlo shot a 102 the first day and a 98 the second day. Davis dropped from a 105 on day one to a 98. Kim Waller jumped from a 100 to a 106 while Wallstrom recorded one of the tournament’s most substantial improvements, dropping from a 128 to a 119.
“Girls’ golf is much improved since we started the program six years ago,” Merriman said. “There were really good scores at the tournament. Six teams shot under 500 on the second day. I think we averaged under 500 for the season, and if you do that then you’ll win tournaments.”
The Wolverines narrowly defeated Battle Mountain in 1998 to claim the championship.
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