Truckee high golfers win league
In a down-to-the-wire finish of the regular high school golf season, Truckee High won the league and edged North Tahoe High into second place by one point after two matches last week. The one/two finish earned both teams a spot in the state championship that ends today at Fernley.
Laker Andy Cummings won both tournaments, shooting a three-over par 75 at the Lahontan golf course in Truckee on Thursday and an even par 72 at the Northstar-at-Tahoe course Friday. His consistent low scores earned him the league’s Player of the Year award.
The Lakers shot a team score of 417 and the Truckee Wolverines shot a 400 at Lahontan to tie the score for first place in league standings.
Truckee High came out strong at Northstar shooting a 416, holding off North Tahoe by a slim margin of nine strokes, to claim their third league championship in a row.
“It’s great to be league champs again, but we really want to do well at state,” Truckee Coach Jeff Froelich said. The Wolverine golfers took second place in the state competition last year and “we’re looking for a rematch,” Froelich said. Truckee won the first round at state last year but then lost the final round to first place Virgin Valley. ” I could make a list excuses, but I’d rather just go back and beat them,” Froelich said. “North Tahoe will be tough competition,” he said. “They have their best team ever. If we can get by them we should have a chance at winning.”
“Our goal this year was to make it to state (tournament) in at least second place,” Laker Coach Bob Milani said of his team. “We weren’t sure how it would turn out. It was very exciting. They played very, very well this year.
“We can do well at state if we play as best as we can. Even if we play our average scores we have a chance of winning,” Milani said. Any of five schools could win, he said, explaining that they’re all playing around 400 to 415.
There are 17 schools in the state competing in golf. The eight top teams play in the state championships. The Lakers and Wolverines haven’t played outside their league all season. Besides Battle Mountain, who placed third in their league, the teams will face Manogue, Whittell, Virgin Valley and Pahrump in the state meet.
North Tahoe golfers going to the state meet are Cummings, Chris and Justin Linkey, Evan Sharbrough, Robbie Valdez, James Wright and Jake Cohen. Truckee golfers going to state are Mark Lundbeck, Jason Waters, Travis Spencer, Erik Stevens, Dave Brooks, Jarrett Bower and Ryan Stock.
Scores at the Lahontan tournament for North Tahoe players were: Cummings, 75, Justin Linkey 89, Chris Linkey 78, Sharbrough 84, Valdez 91 and Cohen 113.
Truckee scores were: Lundbeck 78, Waters 83, Spencer 79, Stevens 78, Stock 82 and CJ Johnson 88.
At the Northstar course scores for North Tahoe were: Cummings 72, Justin Linkey 88, Chris Linkey 82, Sharbrough 88, Valdez 95 and Wright 95.
The Wolverines’ scores were Lundbeck 84, Waters 85, Spencer 82, Stevens 82, Brooks 83 and Stock 87.
“The two back to back tournaments last week, 36 holes in two days, gave us a chance to see how it plays – how mentally tiring it can be – to play in the tournament this week, coach Froelich said.
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