Truckee golfers swing into season with 1st place at Hawthorne
Special to the Sierra Sun
The golf season teed off at the Western Nevada Ice Breaker Tournament at Hawthorne, Nevada’s Walker Lake Golf Course.
Truckee boys’ golf team started its 2019 campaign off with an 18-stroke victory over their rival and runner-up South Lake Tahoe High School. Truckee returns three state qualifiers from last year’s team, sophomores Jack Brown, Ethan Flynn, and junior Owen Slusher.
The Wolverines fired a 314, led by the team’s only lefty, Slusher, who carded a 5-over-par 73 to finish in second place.
Freshman Gabe Smith started his high school career with an eagle on his first hole, followed by a second eagle on the back nine. He finished with an 8-over-par 76 to take third place overall.
Flynn, who was Truckee’s top golfer last year and top finisher at the state tournament, finished in the top five with a 78 to tie Fernley freshman Isaac O’Neill for fifth place. The fourth score toward the Truckee’s team total was a 87 from junior Pat Hogan. Hogan shot a 39 on the back nine, improving by a stroke a hole. Senior Ryland Ward fired a 92 and junior Mason Cutler shot 90.
North Tahoe senior Murphy Scott, who finished second in the Class 2A state championships last year, took home individual honors with an even-par 68. Whittell High School’s Zach Johns carded a 77 for fourth place.
Truckee tees off league play on March 13 in Dayton at the only course in Northern Nevada designed by the late Arnold Palmer.