Truckee, North Tahoe golf | Wolverines second at Edgewood Tahoe
Edgewood Tahoe results — Friday
1. Elko, 418
2. Truckee, 419
3. Spring Creek, 422
4. Fallon, 426
5. White Pine, 433
6. Battle Mountain, 441
7. Tokay, 444
8. Lowry, 447
9. Incline, 450
10. Douglas, 463
11. Whittell, 470
12. Fernley, 497
13. Sierra Lutheran, 503
14. South Tahoe, 505
15. North Tahoe, 510
16. Wells, 520
17. Yerington, 561
18. Dayton, 569
— Sage Ridge, Hawthorne, Sparks no team score.
The Division I-A state championship is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12, at Truckee’s Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing Courses. Monday’s opening round starts at noon and Tuesday’s second round at 10 a.m. The Division III state championship will be held the same days at Incline Village’s Championship Course.
One more capable performance is all the Truckee golf team needs to secure its first postseason berth in five years.
“It’s very exciting to see the program headed in the right direction,” said Truckee coach Kevin Waters, whose Wolverines own the No. 3 seed in the Northern Division I-A entering the last tournament of the regular season Wednesday.
“This will also be the first time qualifying as a team for me as the coach. It has been a long road building the team over the past five seasons and I could not be happier for my seniors to get to compete as a team before they graduate.”
Heading into Wednesday’s tournament — hosted by Truckee at Schaffer’s Mill — the Wolverines rank third in the league standings with an average team score of 439 and 48 points. The top three seeds from the North qualify for the state championship, which, coincidentally, will be contested at Truckee’s Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing courses next Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12. It will mark the first time Truckee has hosted a state championship.
“We’re really excited about that,” Waters said. “Our team is going into the state tournament in full force. We’ve had our eyes set on this tournament all year.”
Lowry and Fallon are the only threats to take over Truckee’s third seed, and both are long shots. Lowry enters the final tournament with an average of 444.1 and 41 points, and Fallon enters with a 446.1 average and 40 points. Elko leads the standings with a 420.4 average and 60 points. The Indians are followed by Spring Creek, at 429.3 and with 56 points.
After placing fifth in a league tourney hosted by South Tahoe last Thursday, Truckee bounced back with a fine showing in an all-division invitational at Edgewood Tahoe the following day. The Wolverines finished second in a field of 21 schools, just one stroke behind Elko, 419-418. Spring Creek was third at 422.
“The team played as well as they have all year and it was great for our confidence heading in to the postseason,” Waters said. “I think it showed that we are a force to be reckoned with.”
Truckee senior Cody Tilton, who ranks third individually in the Northern Division I-A, tied with Incline junior Mitchell Cornell for second place among 116 golfers with a round of 74. Addison Gallagher of Tokay (Calif.) posted a low score of 73.
Seniors Jordan Fereira and Brandon Flora also recorded strong results for Truckee with a 77 and 84, respectively. Airon Yarbrough carded a 91, Sam Willis 93 and Cameron Rice 100.
In Thursday’s league tournament, the Wolverines placed fifth with a team score of 437. Elko won with a 405 and was followed by Spring Creek (422), Lowry (427) and Fallon (434).
Fereira led Truckee with a 77, Flora shot 84, Tilton 87, Yarbrough 91, Peter Vaio 98 and Willis 109. Spring Creek’s Daniel Mahlke and Taylar Schmitt tied for tournament medalist honors with 75s.
The Lakers also participated in Friday’s all-division tournament at Edgewood, placing 15th with a team score of 510.
Freshman Quinn Earley led North Tahoe with an 85 and was followed by teammates Jake Lemke (99), Connor Hipsley (103), Jake Inclan (105), Kylie Daniels (118) and Adrian Brambila (120).
North Tahoe competes in the Northern Division III regional championships on in Elko on Wednesday.