Winning by two strokes, the Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ golf team takes the fight out of Battle Mountain; Renee Trudeau takes individual title
After the first day of play, it seemed possible that Battle Mountain would come away with the girls’ 3A golf state championship, but Truckee came from behind to win the its first-ever title by two strokes.
On Wednesday at Wolf Run Golf Course in Reno, Battle Mountain led with a 510; Truckee trailed with a 514.
Pahrump’s Alaine Garrett led the individual shooting with an 89. Truckee sophomore Renee Trudeau was in second with a 92.
But something happened on Thursday.
The second day’s score was Truckee 493 -Battle Mountain 499, giving Truckee a 1,007 two-day total and the state championship by a mere two strokes over 1,009 Battle Mountain.
The battle for the individual title would be even closer.
Trudeau started the front nine with a 48, a score she said she was “not happy” with.
At the turn, Trudeau got a chance to regroup and talk to head coach Mike Merriman, putting things into perspective.
“He told me this is a team sport and not to worry because the other girls were doing good,” Trudeau said.
“I told her to pick her head up,” Merriman said. “I talked about what we needed as a team.”
And it seemed to work.
On the back nine, Trudeau turned in a 39.
“I concentrated more,” Trudeau said. “I guess I tried harder.”
When her round was over, Trudeau was tied with Garrett at a two-day total of 179, forcing a sudden-death playoff.
It wouldn’t take Trudeau long to seal the win.
On the first tee, Garrett and Trudeau hit identical shots, but it was the short game which would be Garrett’s downfall.
Trudeau was close on her putt, but Garrett missed on the quick greens and her shot slid down a break.
Trudeau easily sunk her putt, winning the individual state title.
“I’m really happy about it,” Trudeau said.
Another golfer who came up with a turnaround score on the second day was Megan Harter, who went from a 112 on Wednesday to a 90 on Thursday and finished ninth overall.
“She’s a solid golfer,” Merriman said. “Some days she just doesn’t play well. But she had been shooting around 90 the last four weeks in a row.”
The rest of Truckee’s players’ results follow:
16. (tie) Malissa Davis (105-101-206)
16. (tie) Kim Waller (103-103-206)
24. Emily DeCarlo (102-112-214)
46. Grace Kennelly (135-113-248)
North Tahoe’s Siarra Stuart shot 93-92-185 for a fourth place.
Trudeau, who will be a junior next year, plans to play through the winter and spring, then enter tournaments throughout California to hone her skills as a golfer.
“I’ll try to do my best and see what happens.”
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