South Tahoe girls’ golf team qualifies for trip to regionals
Members of the South Tahoe High girls’ golf team are already eying a second consecutive trip to state on the strength of a fourth-place finish in the Northern Nevada 4A League standings and an invitation to regionals Oct. 14-15 at Desert Lakes Golf Club in Fernley.
South Tahoe has been playing well lately, finishing runner-up Galena in the last regular-season tournament at the Washoe Golf Course Monday afternoon with a total of 492 strokes. The Vikings were led by Kylie Novasel, who finished third with a 90 and was followed by teammates Mollie Novasel with a 97, Eleni Monos with a 99 (breaking 100 for the first time this season), Jacy Gleave at 101 and Jennifer Bigelow at 105.
The Vikings finished fourth last Thursday at Arrow Creek behind Gleave’s 95 and Kylie Novasel’s 98.
“We ended up one point out of third place (in the overall standings),” said Vikings’ golf coach Marsha Butler. “Last year was our first year to go to state and we were second at regionals. We lost four seniors and thought we might be in the middle of the pack. Being one point out of third we have just as good of a chance as Reed and McQueen who are ahead of us. Galena probably has first sewn up like they have the last few years.
“The girls are feeling pretty confident and we feel we have a really good chance to make state.”
Butler has to feel good about her team’s first taste of the Fernley course. Three girls — Bigelow, Gleave and Kylie Novasel — practiced there last week and liked what they saw.
“They all shot in the 80s so there is no reason why we can’t go for state,” Butler said. “If we shoot like this, we’ll be second at state.”
Kylie Novasel, a senior, said the practice round at Fernley was a big confidence booster.
“We are really optimistic,” she said. “Some of the younger girls are shooting really well. Jen, Jacy and myself were under 90 which was huge. The course is made for us. It’s pretty long and most of the girls on our team are long hitters.
“I definitely want to go to state and I would love for us to make it as a team,” she added. “I think we will have to have most of our girls shoot under 100 and at least a couple in the 80s (and) we hope for good weather.”
The regionals team will be Kylie Novasel in the No. 1 position, followed by Gleave, Mollie Novasel, Monos, Bigelow and Amanda O’Hara.