TTHS golfers take second at state meet
Tahoe-Truckee High School took second place and North Tahoe High took fifth place at the State Golf Championships in Fernley ending the competitive golf season on a high note. The meet was held at the Desert Lakes course Thursday and Friday. Eight teams out of 17 in the division from throughout the state made it to the final championship tournament.
“We were seventh last year, and our goal was to finish third to fifth in the state. We met all our goals, including moving up to second place in the league,” North Tahoe Coach Bob Milani said. “They all played well this year, maybe scoring better during the season than at the tournament,” he said about the Laker players.
Truckee Coach Jeff Froelich echoed Milani’s sentiments. “We achieved all our goals but one, (to win) the state championships,” he said. The Truckee Wolverine golfers shot a team two-day total of 810, after tieing for first place Thursday with eventual winner Manogue High School. Truckee took second last year behind Virgin Valley High School.
Truckee was positioned to win the tournament going into the second, final round Friday. The Wolverines took eight strokes off their first round score, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with Manogue. Manogue left everyone in the dust shooting the tournament one-day low team score of 387.
Milani said the Lakers had a little bad luck at the state match, with a couple of the less experienced players starting on the back nine, facing tough holes and a 40-mile per hour wind. The tough play carried through the entire tournament for the inexperienced players, he said.
In the individual standings Jason Waters of Truckee High shot a 77 and a 78 giving him second place, four strokes ahead of top Laker Andy Cummings who shot a 77 and 78, tieing Wolverine Mark Lundbeck for fourth place. “Andy played extremely well, he was leading the tournament until the twelfth hole on the second day,” Milani said. He hit the ball out of bounds, and pushed himself too hard trying to bring it back, he explained.
Laker Chris Linkey shot a 79 both days, tieing for eighth place with Erik Stevens of Truckee. “Linkey shot very very well,” Milani said. Other two-day scores for North Tahoe were Freshman Justin Linkey 177, Evan Sharbrough 185, Robby Valdez 186 and freshman James Wright 219.
“We were pleased with our season,” Milani said of the North Tahoe team, “the kids were excited to be playing at the state championships.”
For the Wolverines, Travis Spencer shot a 168, Jarrett Bower a 178 and Dave Brooks a 193. About the successful winning season Froelich said, “what we did achieve and are very proud of is (winning) the league championships, playing ourselves into contention to win on day two of state and representing ourselves at the highest levels after losing five starters to graduation last year.”
“We’ll only lose two starters this year, Travis Spencer and Eric Stevens. We will miss them greatly but we have a strong group of golfers coming up,” Froelich said.
State Championship Team standings are (starting with first place): Manogue, 796; Truckee, 810; Virgin Valley, 828; Whittell, 839; North Tahoe 861; Pahrump, 867; Moapa, 873; Battle Mountain, 931.
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