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Seniors caddy for freshman in girls golf tryout

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

Normally, the underclassmen carry the bags for the juniors and seniors, not the other way around.

But on a day when time must have stopped, and temperatures must have dropped below zero all the way down to Haiti, the Viking upperclassmen caddied for rest of the girls trying out for the team, including freshmen and sophomores.

And, remarkably, their were no hard feelings. Instead there were low golf scores and talk of how the team is growing and improving from last year.



“It was kind of neat team thing,” explained head coach Marsha Butler.

The younger girls got to ask any questions they wanted from the older varsity players, from which club to use, to how to read the greens or if the shot was a pitch or a wedge.



The top six varsity girls who made the team after shooting the lowest scores at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Lake Tahoe Golf Course put in a little extra time on the final tryouts.

It was no surprise that Kalotina Monos finished first among the varsity girls heading back out for the team, followed by Adrienne “De De” Crist, Kylie Novasel, Jacy Gleave, Lauren Dewing and Holly Young.

Freshman Mollie Novasel and sophomore Chelcee Thomas followed in seventh and eighth respectively.

Following were Molly Cocking, Allison Horton, Jennifer Bigelow, Kaelyn De Vries, Julie Haven and Amanda O’Hara.

But that list will change as younger players challenge the varsity, as Mollie did Wednesday to go from seventh on the roster to sixth.

Her older sister Kylie said she had a good time caddying for the younger players.

“That was exciting, to watch all the girls trying out for the team …” she said.

“It was fun being kind of like a teacher, giving them pointers and stuff.”

But the team leaders didn’t just caddy for underclassmen.

Kylie caddied for a senior. Others caddied for young, but serious golfers.

“Chelcee Thomas — man, she just improved so much I couldn’t believe it,” Kylie said. “Last year everybody was just kind of fooling around. But this year they were a lot more serious about the game. Maybe it was because they cut girls, but everyone took it a lot more seriously.”

Coach Butler and coach Patty Haar cut five girls, actually.

The team dropped from 19 to 14 players. There is no JV.

“This is the first time we’ve cut in nine years,” Butler said. “We felt we had a real competitive team and we were spending too much time teaching younger girls to play golf.”

Many will go to golf clubs to improve, which is how some the team’s current stars got to be where they are, Butler said.

The team may also be more serious this year having missed zone by a slim margin in 2001.

The Vikings finished fourth in the 2001 Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 4A Northern Region Girls Golf Championship, missing a state tournament berth by a total of 10 strokes.

Galena (908) finished first, followed by Churchill County (1014) and Carson (1027).

“We knew we all could have done better,” Kylie said.

That may leave a chip on the team’s shoulder this year.

Monos, the top golfer on the team finishing seventh at zone and 11th at state in 2001, shot a 6-over par 42 on the front nine at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Wednesday after a double bogey on the ninth green.

The score caps a summer filled with golf for her.

“Last year had we known that we were going to get that close to state we would have practiced harder. This year, I think we’re going to work harder … I think we’re more motivated,” she said.

The team lost only one of its top golfers, and has a crew of young but talented golfers vying for a place on the team.

“The team has gone from 12 to 14 girls and a ninth- and 10th-place finish (at zone) to fourth place last year, so we’re growing,” Butler said.

Five seniors are back on the team.

“Ninety percent of them are looking to state …” Butler added.”It’s scary that four (of seven on varsity) are seniors, so it’s going to be scary next year, but we’re going for it this year … we have the depth.”

Coach: Marsha Butler, fifth year

Last year: Fourth at zone, Kalotina Monos was seventh at zone and 11th at state

Key returners: Monos, Adrienne “De De” Crist, Kylie Novasel, Jacy Gleave, Lauren Dewing and Holly Young

Key to success: Improving the psychological game, a consistent short game and staying on the fairway.

Key quote: “We can already drive for show, but now we’re putting for dough” — Marsha Butler

Opener: Sept. 4 at Sierra Sage at 1 p.m.

Girls Varsity Golf

Sept. 4 at Sierra Sage 1 p.m.

Sept. 11 at Sierra Nevada Ranch 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 at Rubyview (Elko) 12 p.m.

Sept. 25 at Lakeridge 11 a.m.

Oct. 2 at Silver Oak 1 p.m.

Oct. 9 at Rosewood 12 p.m.

Oct. 15-16 at Washoe (Regionals) 10 a.m.

Oct. 22-23 at State (Thunder Canyon) TBA


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