STHS golfers swinging for state
Only four strokes separate the South Tahoe High girls golf team from advancing to the state tournament for the first time.
In Monday’s Northern Nevada 4A regional tournament first round, the Vikings put themselves in solid position, posting the fourth-best score out of eight teams at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City.
The Vikings trail third-place Carson City 526-522 with the final 18 holes scheduled today. Only the top three teams advance to state, unlike previous years when four teams qualified.
“They really realize they can do it now, so they’re really psyched,” said STHS fourth-year coach Marsha Butler. “This would be the first time any golf team at South Tahoe has gone to state, so we’re really proud of those girls.”
Galena is firmly in control of the team title, leading at the halfway mark with 449 strokes. Fallon is second at 508.
Carson and STHS have some cushion from the schools hoping to emerge from the middle of the pack: Reno is fifth at 544, followed by Elko at 551, McQueen at 554 and Reed at 572.
Kalotina Manos and Deedee Crist helped put STHS in striking position with rounds of 92 and 98, respectively. Manos fired an 8-over-par 44 on the front side en route to the fifth-best score of the afternoon and early evening.
Luxchmi Gill of Galena leads with an 8-over-par 80.
Also contributing to the Vikings’ fourth-place standing were Jacy Gleave, 107; Kylie Novasel, 113; Holly Young, 116 and Samantha Urch, 132.
Young’s score was particularly important since she replaced the team’s third-best scorer Lauren Dewing before the tournament. Dewing was injured in a car crash last month – torn knee cartilage leaving her unable to play.
“Holly really came through for us,” Butler said.
Final-round action begins at 10 a.m. today.
“They’re really into it. They were all saying, ‘Everybody take off two strokes (today),” Butler said.
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