Morrison remains in contention for regional golf berth |

Morrison remains in contention for regional golf berth

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe golfer James Morrison remained in the hunt for an individual berth to the Northern 4A Regional Tournament.

Morrison shot 90 Monday in a Sierra Division tournament at Arrowcreek Country Club in Reno. He came into the day’s play as the fourth individual not on one of the four regional qualifying teams. Individuals fifth or better qualify for the May 11-12 tournament.

The Vikings finished sixth in the next-to-last division tournament with 468 strokes. Other team scores were Manogue 386, Carson 397, Fallon 410, Galena 417, Douglas 442, Damonte 491 and Wooster 513.

South Tahoe played without one of its top players, Kaz Kosciolek, who redislocated a knee while playing in the Carson Invitational last week.

Sophomore Payton Guttry led the Vikings with a round of 89. Paul Passaretti joined Morrison with a 90, while Gavin Booth fired a 98 and Tyler Munday 101 and Evan Brown 110.

Booth occupied the final individual regional qualifying spot before Monday’s play and now needs an outstanding round May 6 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course to earn his way back into the top five.

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With a majority of the holes on the Arnold Palmer-designed course requiring blind tee shots, the Vikings’ unfamiliarity with the course worked against them.

“None of our kids had seen the course before, and it’s a tough track unless you’ve played it a couple of times,” said STHS coach Mike Patterson. “It’s really intimidating standing on the tee because you don’t know where the ball is going to land. It looks like there isn’t a fairway for the ball to go into.”

Douglas’ Thomas Wicker and Manogue’s Donald Carano tied for the low round with rounds of 74. The Miners’ Jordan Anderson was third with a 76.