Truckee golf: Willis, Yarbrough pace Wolverines on road trip

Staff report
The Truckee golf team, pictured left to right: Luke Lahr, Gordon Critz, Cameron Rice, Airon Yarbrough, Sam Willis, Peter Vaio, Emmanuel Valenzuela, Vicenzo Pellegrino, Patrick Sullivan, Jack Keith and Harry Rodriguez. Andrew Kraatz and Phoenix David are not pictured.
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Team averages (through five tournaments)

1. Spring Creek, 419.2

2. Fallon, 449.2

3. Elko, 452.6

4. Lowry, 480

5. Truckee, 484.4

6. South Tahoe, 501

7. Fernley, 528.8

8. Dayton, 640

Sparks, NS

After a monthlong break in competition, Truckee golfers got back in the swing of the season with a two-day trip to Elko and Spring Creek last week.

The Wolverines placed fifth in both matches, posting team scores of 477 and 470, respectively. Truckee also sits in fifth place in the Northern Division I-A standings with an average score of 484.4.

Although only the top three teams qualify for the state championship in Las Vegas next month, Truckee coach Kevin Waters said his players are showing signs of improvement with the opening of their local practice course, Ponderosa.

“That allows the team to get substantially more practice in as we head in to the latter half of the season. This is the time of the year when our players begin to reach their potential,” said Waters, adding that, while the team is outside the running for state, juniors Sam Willis and Airon Yarbrough are in position to qualify as individuals.

The pair led the Wolverines in the latest tournaments, with Yarbrough firing an 87 and 88, and Willis carding an 88 and 89. Willis has an 89.6 average through five tournaments. Yarbrough is averaging 94.

Truckee’s Peter Vaio shot a 95 and 93 on the road trip, Gordon Critz came in at 105 and 98, Cameron Rice was a consistent 102 both days, and Harry Rodriguez shot 108 and 112.

Led by the top golfer in the league, Trevor Stannard, Spring Creek won both tournaments with team scores of 412 and 419. Stannard also claimed tournament medalist honors both days, firing a 76 twice to lower his season average to 77.6, which is more than three strokes ahead of second-place Cauy Mead of Elko (80.7).

Three tournaments remain before the state championship — May 5 at Edgewood Tahoe, May 6 at Genoa Lakes and May 11 at Old Greenwood in Truckee.

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