Junior golfer prepares for international tourney
No one can doubt that Dan D’Angelo is a dedicated golfer.
The South Tahoe High School golfer leaves today for the sunny climes of Palm Coast, Fla., for the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s 9th Annual World Junior Challenge, a golf tournament that includes some of the top junior golfers in the United States and Canada.
D’Angelo has been passing the dark Tahoe evenings hitting golf balls in the garage and putting across the carpet. With snow covering the courses, the South Tahoe junior has to find a way to maintain his 76-stroke average. And yes, even if it means leaving on Christmas.
D’Angelo qualified for the invitation-only tournament through the International Junior Golf Tour, where he finished among the elite. Top players from the International American and Canadian Tour earned a berth in the Junior World Challenge.
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.
In postseason play, D’Angelo has a 57 percent fairway percentage and an average drive of 282 yards.
In a round Oct. 30 at Genoa Golf Club, D’Angelo posted at 1-under 71 with birdies on the ninth, 11th, and 12th holes. He sank an eagle on the 10th from 240 yards.
“I’ve been playing really good, with fewer than three bogeys per round,” D’Angelo said Tuesday. “Last time I played I was looking at the tournament top five. But I haven’t hit a ball outdoors in a while. I have a practice round on the 27th. Hopefully I can play that day and get my rhythm back.”
Tournament play occurs Dec. 28-29 with rounds at Pine Lakes and Mantanza Golf Clubs.
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