TTHS golfers top 3A, 4A schools at Vegas meet
Only three days after cutting the team down to 11 varsity players, Tahoe-Truckee High School golf coach Brian Felberg took four players to the Las Vegas area last Thursday to compete in a large tournament, with pleasing results.
Felberg said he wanted the players to see the talent of the players in Southern Nevada and Arizona to motivate them to practice and improve.
Judging by the outcome, Felberg got more than he counted on.
Among 25 3A teams and 15 4A teams, the small Truckee contingent came away with an eighth-place finish in the two-day event, beating all of the 3A schools.
“It wasn’t even close,” Felberg said of the 3A competition. “We beat them by a long shot.”
On the first day at Pahrump, Chris Gerdin shot a 72, while Tony Nadeau shot for 76.
On the second day, on a par-59 executive course, Nadeau shot a 65 and Gerdin a 69. Nick Franklin shot a 70 and John Readdy earned a 71.
At the tournament, Gerdin and Nadeau tied for seventh of 140 players.
“It was a great experience,” said Felberg. “I think I got out of it what I wanted to. I wanted to show the kids there are excellent players down there, whether they are 3A or 4A.”
Felberg said some of the players from Southern Nevada and Arizona shot 67s and 71s.
“It was a good finish for a little school up here,” said Felberg. “The kids in Vegas play all year-round.”
Felberg said immediately his players returned ready to hit the links and spend time on the driving range.
Regional opponents who fell to Truckee included Carson City and Bonanza.
Truckee also put away a good number of 4A schools including Mojave from Las Vegas and River Valley, Arizona.
Felberg also said a junior varsity team will be created in the future, and will most likely feature players who didn’t make the varsity cut.
“I think (the tournament) really opened the players’ eyes. It let them know there’s room for improvement.”
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