State golf tournament tees off today
Coming off strong performances at the Northern 4A Regionals last week in Carson City, the Galena and Carson high school girls golf teams as well as South Tahoe High individual qualifier Kalotina Monos, will try to continue their momentum when the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Tournament tees off in Henderson.
The 36-hole tournament begins today, with the first group going off at noon at Black Mountain. Thursday’s final round is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start.
For the Vikings Monos, this will be her first trip to state, a trip she is thrilled to make.
“I’m really excited to compete at state and be exposed to that level of competition,” Monos said.
In team play, Galena is coming off its third straight Northern 4A title last week with a 908 total for 36 holes (449-459) at Eagle Valley Golf Course. Fallon followed them with a 1,014 and Carson was third with a 1,027.
“We’ll go down to Vegas and see what they’ve got, and we know it will be a lot better than this,” Galena coach Keith Mussallem said after the regional tournament. “We just want them to go down and do their very best. If they can do their very best, then we’ll be happy.”
The Galena coach meant no disrespect toward the rest of the Northern 4A, it’s just that the South traditionally dominates Nevada large schools golf. The last Northern team to win a state team championship was Reed in 1991. Durango won last year’s tournament with a 783 at The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes, 15 strokes better than runner-up Bishop Gorman’s 401. Galena shot 418 to finish third.
Durango has most of its cast back from that team, led by defending state medalist Whitney Welch. The Trailblazers shot 402 last Tuesday to win the Sunset Regional Tournament by 23 shots over Gorman at Silver Stone, with Welch and Erin Andrews finishing 1-2 with respective scores of 70 and 73. Durango had four players crack the top 10.
Silverado shot 434 to win the Sunrise Regional, which was held the same day at SilverStone. Christine Fernandez of Foothill shot 72 to earn medalist honors.
Galena freshman Luxchmi Gill earned medalist honors at the Northern 4A Regional by shooting 162 for two rounds at Eagle Valley (80-82).
Carson finished a season-best third in the tournament, highlighted by a season-best 505 score for the final round on Tuesday. Freshman Gabrielle Gallegos and sophomore Ciarra Christian finished tied for 14th individually at 196, while Elizabeth Rankl shot 205.
Carson coach Paul Croghan is looking forward to the state tournament challenge with a lineup that only has one senior (Ashley Faber).
“There’s no pressure now,” Croghan said. “We just want to go down and do the best we can. One hole, one swing at a time and see what happens.”
One individual Carson Country qualifier is Douglas senior Lindsey Knox, whose 188 was good for sixth in the field at the regional tournament.
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