Golfer gains experience at Canadian junior challenge |

Golfer gains experience at Canadian junior challenge

South Tahoe High junior Dan D’Angelo finished in the middle of the pack at the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s ninth annual World Junior Challenge, a golf tournament that includes some of the top junior golfers from the U.S. and Canada.

After three rounds, D’Angelo finished 18th out of 35 players in the 14-16 age group with a combined score of 251.

Zack Sucher of Mobile, Ala., took the age group prize with a three-round total of 223 (74, 68, 81).

D’Angelo, who had been practicing in his garage at home while snow fell throughout the Tahoe Basin, actually played some of his best golf in the two-man scramble practice round before the actual tournament by finishing third.

The next day, however, D’Angelo shot a 90 at the Pine Lakes Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla.

“The first day I wasn’t playing good at all. It kind of ruined my tournament,” D’Angelo said.

The following day the Viking junior finished with an 81, shooting a 3-under par in the first eight holes with an eagle on No. 8. The following hole he hit two balls out of bounds for an 8 and a back nine score of 43.

At Mantanza Golf Club — a qualifier course for the U.S. Open — D’Angelo finished with 80 strokes.

“It was great just to see,” said D’Angelo of the talent pool at the tournament, which included high school seniors and college players.

D’Angelo was the only golfer from the South Tahoe High School to qualify for state last year. He shot an 8-over-par 80 to earn league recognition and also finished eighth at zone.

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