Truckee golfers primed for South Carolina |

Truckee golfers primed for South Carolina

Photo by Jeff FroelichIan Casey makes a putt at Dark Horse Golf Course in Auburn.

The Truckee High golf team endured wind gusts up to 25 mph and stiff competition to win its first league tournament of the season Thursday at Fernley.The team Wes Hollabaugh, Greg Shove, Nathan Wrenn, Ian Casey, Kaya Lampe and Tom Kokenge shot 405, just four better than Lowrys 409. This was an eye-opener for our team, coach Jeff Froelich said. Its obvious theres going to be good competition for the first three spots in the league. It looks like Fernley, Lowry, Dayton and Truckee will be among those fighting it out for the trip to the state championships.Fernley shot 415 and Dayton 442. Sparks shot 446, Spring Creek 454, Incline 465, North Tahoe 493 and Yerington 503.Individually, Hollabaugh led the tournament through the first 14 holes, after finishing the front nine one under par. Then Fernleys Matt Leestma, who was last years scoring leader, put together a four-hole run of three birdies and a par to overtake Hollabaugh and win tournament medalist honors by posting a 72. Hollabaugh shot 76.As for the rest of the Wolverines, Lampe shot 79 from the fifth spot and was crucial to the narrow victory, Froelich said, adding, Kaya has been working hard on his game and his new found confidence is producing results.Shove shot 80 from second spot. [Shove] has been playing lights out in practice, Froelich said. Im certain he will be contributing some low scores as the season progresses.Wrenn shot 83, Kokenge 87 and Casey 88.

The team leaves today for Myrtle Beach, S.C., to compete in the Palmetto High School Golf Championships. This is a high school athletes dream come true, Froelich said of competing in what is considered one of the premier golf events in the country. Its a chance to tee it up with some of the best golfers in the nation I want to give all my guys the opportunity to see high school golf at its highest level, and see where they fit in.All of the senior team members will make the trip as opposed to sending the top six, like in most tournaments.These guys have been with me for fours years now, and we have formed strong, lasting relationships, Froelich said about seniors John Harrigan, John Besio and Jacob Grossman. How could I leave them at home? Also making the trip will be junior Brian Kerr and sophomores Kevin Barchas and Rich Breuner.Froelich wanted to thank all the people who made the trip possible: Truckee High principal Mike Finney, all the parents and community service groups, the Truckee Noon Rotary, the Sunshine Rotary, Truckee Lions Club, East West Partners and the schools Booster Club.

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