State of excitement for WHS golfers
Only Whittell High junior Dustin Fox has state tournament experience, but that hasn’t dampened the Warriors’ expectations in the 36-hole gathering of Nevada’s best 3A golfers.
“Who knows? They’re good players and they’re excited,” said Whittell co-coach Brian Rippet as the Warriors were putting the finishing touches on their state preparation Tuesday afternoon at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The 36-hole tournament begins today and ends Thursday at Dayton Valley Country Club in Dayton.
Whittell’s six-man team is also confident after placing runner-up to Manogue in Division II.
“We are capable of winning the tournament because even though we’ve all been up and down in tournaments, our team has been pretty consistent,” said Whittell freshman Ryan Salomon.
“Really the team to beat is Truckee, but we’ve come close with our scores. We have a good shot,” said Warrior junior Dustin Fox.
Improved play from Todd Echan, a junior, has been part of the Warriors’ late -season surge. He is as optimistic as his teammates.
“We’re capable of winning it. One day we just destroyed Manogue, and Manogue is rated right with Truckee in the ratings,” Echan said. “At the beginning of the year we weren’t shooting that good, but I feel we’ve really come a far way and believe we really have a good chance.”
No Warrior besides Fox has state experience. Fox, who has played in the past two state events, shot a superlative 74 and led after the first round a year ago. However, a front-nine 51 in the second round eliminated him from title contention.
“I could have shot 43 and still finished first. It bugs be all the time,” said Fox, who rebounded on the backside for a 37. “This year, I don’t really want to shoot a really good first round. Just let me shoot 77 or so, and then I can come out in the second round and surprise them.”
Usually coaches don’t expect much from freshmen, but Salomon could be the key to the Warriors’ fortunes. His dad, Sid, is the superintendent at Dayton, enabling the younger Salomon to play the course throughout the summer months.
“I have the greens down pretty good, knowing pretty much every break. I have a pretty good advantage that way, but the last couple of times at Dayton I haven’t been pulling through,” Salomon said.
Topping the career-best 5-over-par 77 he shot last time out at Genoa Lakes might be too much to ask.
“Hopefully he’ll have a career round – not to put any pressure on him – but he should do well,” Rippet said.
Fox, however, is banking on the one edge he hasn’t had in recent years when traveling to state.
“We get to sleep in our own beds this time. I didn’t get any sleep last year,” he said. “I’ve really played well before at Dayton, and I can again. It’s a tough course. You just have to keep it out of the water and play safe. The smart choice is to play for bogey on some holes instead of going for the green and birdie.”
Rippet said that the favored Wolverines’ top four players average 78 or better – a tough act to follow since only five scores count toward the team total.
“Truckee looks awfully tough. We don’t have anyone who has averaged in the 70s. After Truckee, things should be pretty close, and with it being kind of a home course, we should be near the top of the leader board,” Rippet said.
The rest of the Warriors’ state lineup includes the consistent Keith Truswell, Jayde Haynes and Lars Hansen.
State tee times start at 11 a.m.
I ended up with a pretty good average, so even though I wound up sixth man I was pretty happy with my average
I think we can do well, and I hope we can do well. I don’t think we’re as consistent as we’d like, but if we play as well as we can, we can do very well
Getting low scores when we need them in a tournament. If we have four or five bad scores, and we need a good low scores, we jusally come through wit it.
If we all shoot pretty good, I think we’ll do pretty good. We’re capable of it. One day we just killed Manogue, and Manogue is rated right with Truckee in the ratings.At the beginning we weren’t shooting that good, but I feel we’ve really come a far way, and I belive we relaly have a good chance. We’ll all do pretty if we just stay focused.
That’s a good thing, that everyone keeps switching off. Ryan will come in first in some tournaments. Thing about Ryan is he’s contributed a lot by shooting scores as good as 77. It’s better than we had last year.
I think it’s going to help a lot. He know the course like FOx and I know Genoa. He’s played there a lot of time, so I hope he gives us a good score. Truckee has been throwing up some pretty low numbers on some pretty tough courses, ike I said everyone could have an off day and if we step it up we’ll be in ere too.
The wind could do anything.
Thge kids are real excited about golf, It’s the end of the season and it’s nice to see that they’re real focused.
Dayton is a real familiar course for us. It’s close, so that gets them out there a lot, so we should have some pretty low scores.
A coupole of kids hae said that they’re peaking and that their best round wil be tomorrow and teh next day. It’s good to hear.
2 division matches there. They’ve played the course under tournament conditions, so that’s the key. They know the holes under pressure already.
The kids from the south and from the other division like Truckee and Spring Creek they haven’t been there under those conditions.
Last summer he played there almost every day, so it’s almost his home course. Hopefully he’ll have a career round, not to put any pressure on him, but he should do well.
The first two tournaments he had some nerves, but he’s really come around. He loves the game, and he practices nonstop.
Truckee looks awafully tought. THey have four guys who averaged 78 or better. We don’t have anyone who averaged in teh 70s. After that, things should be pretty close, and with it being kind of a home course we whould be near the top of the leader borad.
Any time it’s cold or there’s wind, anything can happen with the scores. Higher scores are advantage to us.Wind doesn’t hurt us, but I think it could hurt some other teams.
Regardless of the course, ourt eam scores have come down with each match. Who knows. They’re good players and they’re excited.
“I’m having my good days and my bad days. I bought a new Oydessy putter, palyed wolf run and palyed well with it, then all of sudden I lost (my touch) with it and couldn’t get it back. So I want back to my old putter and it’s been working pretty good for me. I havent made a three-putt in the last couple of tournaments.
77 best round ever at Genoa:
I think I have the greens down pretty good, knowing pretty much every break. I have a pretty good advantage that way, but the last couple of times at Dayton I haven’t been pulling through.
I think we have a pretty good chance because we have Dutin whose getting his game back, Keith has been really consistent and we have Lars and Todd. Everyone has been chipping in.
We are capable of winning the tournament because even though we’ve all been up and down in tournaments, our team is pretty consistent.
We’ve all been thinking about playing all week. We’re really excited about playing.
Really the team to beat is Truckee, but we’ve come close with our scores. I think we have a good shot.
Todd came around slow start, and Ryan our freshman has really suprised playing good. even some of the other players, like Jayde, has been playing well lately, which is good.
led with 74 after first round.
first nine 51-37, I could have shot 43 still finished first. It bugs me all the time. This year I don’t really want to shoot a really good first round. Just let me shoot 77 or so, and then come out in the second roudn and suprise them.
We get to sleep in our own beds this time. I didn’t get any sleep last year. I’ve played really well there before, and I can again. It’s a tough course. You just have to keep out of the water and play safe. The smart choice is to play for bogey on some holes instead of going for the green and getting birdie.
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