South Tahoe golfer competes at state tourney |

South Tahoe golfer competes at state tourney

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Dan D’Angelo, the only South Tahoe golfer to represent the Vikings in the Nevada 4A state tournament at Red Hawk in Sparks Tuesday and Wednesday, finished in the middle of the pack with some of the area’s finest golfers.

D’Angelo placed 35th in unofficial standings and was one of only 15 individuals to make the cut, in addition to nine teams of six players each.

STHS golf coach Mike Patterson explained that play was still under way when most participants were leaving the course.

“The last group was at least a half hour behind everybody else so we didn’t stay until the last group came in,” Patterson said. “It was still a little bit up in the air.”

D’Angelo, a junior, was making his second straight appearance in the state tournament, a first for a South Tahoe golfer in Patterson’s memory.

“That was a pretty good accomplishment,” he said. “It’s tough to get to 4A state (as an individual) because it’s very team-(oriented). He should definitely be proud of himself.”

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Patterson said D’Angelo excelled in some areas of his game on the course but suffered in others.

He shot a two-day total of 161, a 77 on Tuesday and an 84 Wednesday.

“He just didn’t play very well,” Patterson said. “(Tuesday) he played great and struck the ball really well, but he couldn’t make any puts. He had probably seven puts of 6-10 feet and he couldn’t make any of them. (Wednesday) he had a couple of bad holes and had a hard time keeping his head in things.”

Patterson praised not only his star golfer’s performance at state, but his entire team’s dedication to continue playing golf despite some topsy-turvy spring weather.

“I felt sorry for our kids having to practice in the spring we had. It was just miserable,” he said.