Vikes have an ace up their sleeve for zone |

Vikes have an ace up their sleeve for zone

Matt O'Neill

Most golfers hope for only one hole in one in their careers.

With his ace on the 12th hole Monday at the Red Hawk Golf Club in Sparks South Tahoe High golfer Sean Fannan now has two to his name.

Fannan and the rest of the Viking ball strikers spent the afternoon honing their games for today’s Nevada 4A zone championships.

Coming off a record-setting campaign, the Vikings made the tournament for only the second time in school history as a team and are poised to qualify for the state tourney for the first time ever.

“Anything can happen,” Viking coach Mike Patterson said. “We had our highest finish ever in league (fifth) and every guy on our team is capable of shooting in the low 70s.”

That is exactly what the Vikings will need to do to be one of the top three teams in the one-day event.

Patterson has every reason to believe his squad can rise to the challenge. Especially with the rounds his charges turned in on Monday. A pair of freshmen, Kenny Craig (75) and Dan D’Angelo (79), shot in the 70s and the course looks to be in superb condition.

“We have gotten better all season long,” Patterson said. “The scores they shot in the practice round are pretty solid rounds so hopefully they can improve on that today.”

Fannan, who became the first-ever Viking to qualify for the state tourney a year ago, knows there is a big difference between a practice round and the zone tournament.

“To shoot in the 70s on two consecutive days is pretty tough,” the junior said.

Today will mark the third time the Vikings will have played the course in Sparks and the familiarity should help the Vikings.

Joining Fannan, D’Angelo and Craig will be Ryan Kraw and Hunter Harris and all six of them have the capability to shoot well.

“There has been at least once or twice when our No. 6 player has been the low score for us,” Patterson said.

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