Craig opens first state tourney with 82 |

Craig opens first state tourney with 82

Steve Yingling

Eliminate the par-3 holes from Kenny Craig’s round on Thursday and the South Tahoe High freshman would be in the thick of the Nevada state 4A golf title race.

Craig fired a 10-over-par 82 on a windy day at Dayton Valley Golf Course, but three double bogeys on par-3 holes prevented his opening round from being much better.

“He played really well except for those par 3s,” said Viking coach Mike Patterson. “He hit the ball really solid and got up and down a bunch.”

As he stands, Craig still has a decent shot at earning all-state honors. With the top 18 making all-state, Craig is within range in a tie for 33rd place with 18 holes to play today at Dayton.

“I watched him play most of course, and his course management was really good,” Patterson said. “If he continues to manage the course well again (today) and avoids those double bogeys, he’s capable of reaching the goal he set of finishing in the top 20.”

Craig’s par-3 troubles began on the fourth hole when he four-putted for a double-bogey 5.

“That’s not like him; he’s a really good putter,” Patterson said.

On the next par 3, he hooked his tee shot into the water to make double at No. 6. His last double came on No. 12, when he struggled with his chipping and putting after hitting a decent tee shot.

Still, Craig used steady drives and a reliable short game to hold his opening round together.

“I certainly had to work for what score I got,” he said.

Bonanza’s Casey Nielsen leads the field with a 2-under 70.

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