South Tahoe boys golf finishes 7th in league; Molesworth leads team in scoring
A young South Tahoe boys golf team found competition tough in Div. I-A Northern League during the 2015 season. The Vikings finished seventh in the final league standings, concluding their campaign at Schaffer’s Mill Golf Club in Truckee, Calif. on May 6.
South Tahoe, coached by Nathan Crnich, scored 22 points to finish in seventh place. The Vikings averaged a score of 555.0 in each of the eight tournaments, and shot a season-best 500 in the Fernley tournament on March 19.
Sophomore Connor Molesworth was the Vikings’ top golfer during the season. Molesworth finished 30th in league with an average of 92.5 — including a season-best 88 at Fernley.
Freshman Mickey Sullivan was South Tahoe’s only other player to finish with a double-digit season average. Sullivan ended the season with a 97.5 scoring average to place 37th in league, highlighted by an 89 in the Spring Creek tournament.
Three other Vikings golfers competed in at least six events during the 2015 campaign — freshman Cody Pakes (114.7 average), freshman Kailer Womack (116.0) and freshman Axel Sorenson (130.5). Sophomore Sam Satin golfed in four tournaments for STHS, sophomore Jacob Feliciano competed in two and senior Cooper Skeie participated in one.
Elko took the Div. I-A Northern League title with 68 points and a scoring average of 420.9. The Indians qualified for state along with Spring Creek (65, 427.8) and Truckee (55, 437.3) — Spartans golfer Daniel Mahlke earned 82.5 points to win league MVP.
In the two-day state tournament in Truckee played Monday at Old Greenwood and Tuesday at The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing, Elko finished runner-up to state champion Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas). The Crusaders shot an 811 to win the state title by 59 strokes — Truckee finished fifth and Spring Creek placed sixth.
Individually, Pahrump Valley’s Austin Ancell won the state title with a 150 over two rounds. Lowry’s Andrew Mendoza was the North’s top golfer — he shot a 158 to finish fourth.
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