Core swingers lead STHS to first state tournament
Adrienne “Dee Dee” Crist wasn’t having fun Wednesday, as least, not in the figurative sense. But judging from her teammates’ scores, they were having a blast.
Kalotina Monos shot a 17-over-par 88 in round two of the 4A Northern Nevada Regional Tournament to lead South Tahoe’s girls’ golf team to a second-place overall finish at zone and a spot in the state tournament for the first time in school history.
“I think I went in a lot more relaxed and realized that I have to do it for my team and tried not to be so uptight,” Monos said. “We’ve been working so hard and we have so much talent. It’s not just one person leading us. It’s neat to know that everyone is shooting their best.”
And just in the nick of time.
Crist, who has led the team nearly the whole year, wasn’t the team leader Wednesday. Nor was she far behind, either. She finished the second round with 95 strokes.
Normally, she does better when she plays to have fun. And although she had fun Wednesday, it wasn’t the same game.
“I was really sore from yesterday … my drives weren’t that good — I was slicing the ball (and) my putting was off,” Crist said.
Crist said she’s proud of her teammates, who were instrumental in the team’s second-place finish with a combined score of 468, only one stroke behind Galena, but 20 strokes improved from the first round.
“I haven’t been to state and I really wanted to go,” said Jacy Gleave, who shot 91, her best performance in high school competition. Gleave dropped eight strokes from the day before.
The biggest change from the first round was from Kylie Novasel, who dropped 14 strokes in the second round with a second round score of 94.
Novasel shot a 53 on the front nine and a 41 on the back nine. It’s her best round of nine holes.
“I had one chip from like 25 yards … and I had four one-putts, and it’s because I chipped it really close,” Novasel said.
In the first round, South Tahoe trailed Spanish Springs by two strokes, and led Reed and Wooster, who tied for fourth, by a slim four strokes.
But with a team score 20 strokes improved from the day before, South Tahoe built a seven-stroke lead over Spanish Springs.
Galena was the clear Regional Champ with a final score of 913 , followed by South Tahoe (956) and Spanish Springs (963). Each team will advance to the state tournament Oct. 22-23 at Thunder Canyon Golf Course, north of Carson City.
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