Mazzoni sets new standard for Viking golfers
Even after executing the highest state finish ever by a South Tahoe High boys’ golfer, Kyle Mazzoni thought he could have done better.
In only his second year of organized golf, the STHS senior finished 11th at the Nevada 4A state championships at the Tournament Players Club in Las Vegas.
“I wanted to shoot in the 70s both days, and if I had, I would have been in the top 10 easy,” Mazzoni said. “I’ll be prepared when the situation comes around again. I definitely know what it’s like now to play on a pro course.”
The TPC of Las Vegas didn’t allow a single round of par or better. Fast greens, windy conditions and deep rough kept the players scrambling.
Mazzoni shot a final-round 82 for a 36-hole total of 161, which was the fourth-best score out of Northern Nevada players. The only STHS player in the tournament said a few mental mistakes cost him from following up his opening-round 79 with another round in the 70s.
But Mike Patterson, the Vikings’ longtime golf coach, was more than pleased with the former baseball player’s efforts. Mazzoni didn’t join the STHS golf team until his junior year.
“We’d never had anybody in the top 15 before. It’s easily our best individual place,” Patterson said. “He just really was a competitor, whether it was a qualifying round to see what number he would play on the team or a match, he was always really tough and grinded it out.”
Freshman Tad Darland of Coronado won the individual title with a total of 150. He shot a 77 in his final round. Spanish Springs teammates Robert Perea and Scott Kelly tied for fourth at 155.
Spanish Springs, however, was unable to catch Palo Verde for the team title. Palo Verde finished with 799 strokes, and the Cougars were next with 812. Galena was fifth at 867.
Mazzoni said he isn’t through with competitive golf.
“I think I can shoot some better scores. I think I can do it by putting my mind to it and practicing a lot. I want to practice a lot this summer so I can play some college golf,” Mazzoni said.