Road Warriors tested by long journey to state |

Road Warriors tested by long journey to state

Steve Yingling

State golf tournaments are nothing new to Whittell, but travelling through three states to get to a venue with 18 “identical” holes is.

The perennial state contenders will tee it off today in the Nevada 2A tournament at Needles Municipal Golf Course, which actually is located in California. The team drove into Arizona to get to its hotel on Tuesday and the Warriors ate in Nevada.

“The course seems really simple to us,” said Whittell junior Michael Flanagan. “It’s really the same hole over and over again with the approach shots and a few bunkers on each side of the hole.”

Postseason golf and Flanagan go together like watermelon and a hot day.

Flanagan was fourth at last year’s regional tournament and his fifth-place showing helped the Warriors win their fourth straight title this season.

“I’m picking it up,” Flanagan said. “Usually at the end of the year I start playing better than my average. That’s always good to know that it’s going to come around at the end of the year.”

The Meadows is a prohibitive favorite to win state, but the Warriors still have a lot to shoot for.

“The Meadows is an amazing team. I don’t know if we can beat them this year, but we’re going to give it a our best,” said senior Devin Farnsworth, who is making his first appearance at state. “Realistically, we’re probably shooting at second.”

The 36-hole tournament will conclude on Thursday.

“They are playing more consistently this time of the year than they were earlier,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase.

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