South Tahoe’s girls golf third in first round |

South Tahoe’s girls golf third in first round

South Tahoe’s girls’ golf team isn’t playing against the competition; they’re playing with them.

After finishing the first round of the 4A Northern Nevada regional tournament in third place, the Vikings organized an evening of activity with Elko’s team to blow off some steam.

The girls planned to go out for dinner; attend “Frightmare,” the haunted house at the Hilton, where they’re staying; and play haunted laser tag with Elko.

Besides, they need to relieve some tension before heading back into a tightly contested race for a state tournament berth. The Vikings have never qualified for the state tourney as a team.

Four teams finished within six strokes of one another at Sierra Sage Golf Course on Tuesday, and they’re all hovering from second to fourth place.

Only the top three teams will advance to the state tournament Oct. 22-23 at Thunder Canyon Golf Course north of Carson City.

It was no surprise that Galena led with 446. In second was Spanish Springs (486), who jumped from sixth place in league to take second at zone.

South Tahoe (488) was two strokes back in third place, but was only four strokes ahead of Wooster and Reed, which tied for fourth at 492.

Elko (508) trailed South Tahoe by 20 strokes in sixth place.

Adrienne “Dede” Crist led South Tahoe with a score of 18-over par 89. She was in eighth place overall as an individual.

Behind her from South Tahoe were Kalotina Monos (91), Jacy Gleave (99), Lauren Dewing (101) and Kylie Novasel (108).

With only six strokes separating four teams vying for second and third place, a team state tournament berth still isvery much up for grabs.

“We’re excited that we’re sitting in third and they have to challenge us, as opposed to the other way around …” said Viking coach Marsha Butler. “I hope that they can hold it together one more day.”

Spanish Springs was the biggest surprise, coming in two strokes ahead of the Vikings after finishing the season in sixth place.

“Spanish Springs was excited because they came in second,” said Holly Young, who shot the team’s sixth score at 110. “But we know we can get them. We’ve got the talent.”

Butler said the team was a little shaky during the first few holes, but played better as the day wore on.

“I was nervous on like the first hole, then I started having fun and not caring how bad I did,” Crist said. “And when I’m just having fun I do a lot better, and that’s what I did today.”

Crist said the team’s core players have been improving all year, and that they’re playing well.

“In the past season it was kind of evident that we were individuals and we had our own motivation going,” Dewing said. “But this year we’re coming together as a team and it’s finally showing.”

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