Truckee golf | Wolverines off to promising start
Truckee golf is back.
After beginning the season with a pair of second-place finishes, just a few strokes away from victories, Truckee coach Kevin Waters said the Wolverines boast their most promising team in years.
“I have high expectations for the team and as individuals. We just need to work hard in practice and be ready for every match,” said Waters, who has 16 golfers on his squad, led by seniors Cody Tilton, Jordan Fereira and Brandon Flora.
Truckee finished four strokes back of first-place Spring Creek in the opening Northern Division I-A meet at Dayton last Thursday, posting a score of 448 on the windy day to the Spartans’ 444.
Elko was third with a score of 461 and was followed by Fallon (464), Lowry (467), Fernley (519) and South Tahoe (536).
Tilton placed second individually, firing an 80. Tournament medalist Andrew Mendoza of Lowry topped the field with a 74. Fereira placed fifth at 83, Flora and Airon Yarbrough each carded 93s, and Peter Vaio (99) rounded out the Wolverines’ top five scores.
The Wolverines finished two strokes away from victory in Wednesday’s tournament at Fallon, 437 to Elko’s 435. Spring Creek was third at 451, while Lowry posted a 456, Fallon 457, Fernley 546, South Tahoe 552 and Dayton 607.
Tilton, who finished last season ranked eighth in the league standings, matched his opening result with another second-place finish. He was just one stroke away from the win, with an 80 to Fallon golfer Raymond Plasse’s 79.
Fereira was sixth with an 85, followed by Flora’s 88, Yarbrough’s 90, Sam Willis’ 94 and Vaio’s 96.
Fernley hosts the third league tournament of the season on Thursday. After a lengthy break, league competition returns April 15 with a tournament at Elko. Truckee is scheduled to host the Division I-A state championship at Old Greenwood on Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12.
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