Two Viking swingers named to All State |

Two Viking swingers named to All State

Darin Olde, Tribune Sports Writer

Viking golfers Sean Fannan and Dan D’Angelo both received all-league recognition from Northern Nevada coaches.

Fannan, a senior, was elected to first-team all-league. He was the third-best player in conference play this year and fifth when combined with the regional tournament.

Unfortunately, he missed state by a slim few stokes.

Fannan, who was named to second-team all-league the past two years, shot a season-best 2-over par at Genoa Lakes with a score of 73 to finish second in that tournament.

He shot 76 three times in conference play.

Galena players Bryson Young and Matt Kinsinger were first in conference play with Nevada Cup point totals of 737 and 619, respectively. Fannan finished league with 585 points.

Fannan hit the short grass 70 percent of the time on his first two or three strokes, depending if it was a par 3 or 4. He put the ball on the green 36 percent of the time when chipping and birdied 9.5 percent of the time.

“The strength of Sean’s game is his short game,” said Viking coach Mike Patterson.

He averaged 1.79 putts per hole.

If he missed the green on his third of fourth shot, he still putted for par 31 percent of the time.

D’Angelo received his first Northern Nevada League recognition by making third-team all-league.

He finished 19th in regular season play with 384 Nevada Cup points. He moved up to 15th when combined with regionals.

“It’s not unusual,” Patterson said to have a sophomore named to third team, referring to Fannan making second team as a sophomore and fellow sophomore Kenny Craig making third team as a freshman, “but it’s certainly something to be proud of.”

D’Angelo was the only Viking golfer to reach state. He finished 47th.

He shot a season-best 75 at Genoa Lakes during the Ice Breaker Tournament. He shot 76 at Ruby View where he tied for third.

“He came on for us at the end,” Patterson said, “which is what we like to see.”

D’Angelo hit the fairway 60 percent of the time, hit the green 39 percent of the time and birdied on average 7.1 percent of his holes.

Notably, D’Angelo has a consistent shot from the bunker. He made sand saves 46 percent of the time.

“A lot of guys on the pro tour would be happy with that,” Patterson said.

Patterson added that one of the greatest things about Fannan was his leadership skills.

Yet, the Vikings have a strong crew coming back next year.

Three sophomores consistently played in the top five.

Four players finished in the top 19 at regionals.

— Darin Olde can be reached at or (530) 542-8008.

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