Whittell runner-up at 2A golf championships
STATELINE – With the golf balls acting more like snowballs Tuesday at Edgewood Tahoe, the Whittell Warriors golf team managed to cling near the top of the team standings late in the day and place itself runner-up in the 2011 NIAA 2A State golf tournament.
Most of the rounds Tuesday in Stateline were played through light, moderate and, at times, even heavy snow, but it didn’t stop some of the top players in the region from posting scores in the low 70s and pulling away from the field late in the day when conditions deteriorated fast.
Jordan Wright of Incline was above them all as his final round 73 was enough to shoot past two-time defending state champ Foster Kenton III who carded a final round 76 to take the runner up spot in the two-day tourney.
Dylan Turner of Sage Ridge, who was third overall in the 2A individual standings after Tuesday, helped pull his team to the overall title as he eliminated the cushion between his team and Whittell – shooting a final round 74.
After day one at Genoa Lakes in Gardnerville, Whittell held a one stroke team lead over Sage Ridge. Trevor Fairbank was a big reason why as his 76 was just one shot off the individual lead coming to Edgewood Tahoe.
Tuesday, in the adverse conditions, it was a pair of 80’s Whittell got from Thomas Kolesnik and Jake Williams that kept the defending State champs ahead of third place finishing North Tahoe.
Kolesnik’s 80 Tuesday helped lift him to a fourth place finish in the individual standings. His back-nine score was the tiebreak between he and Fairbank, who finished fifth in the individual ranks.
Nick Smith carded a solid round of 91 which followed up an 83 in Genoa Monday. Rob Caliger stroked a 109 followed by a 110 from Derek Heldt-Werle.