Viking freshman qualifies for state golf tournament
It was the worst finish of the year, but the best at the Northern Nevada 4A zone golf tournament for the South Tahoe High Vikings on Tuesday afternoon at Red Hawk Golf Club in Sparks.
The seventh-place finish was a disappointment for the team, but freshman Kenny Craig earned his first trip to the state tournament next week at Dayton Valley Country Club.
“It wasn’t really that much of a surprise because all five of our guys are solid,” Viking coach Mike Patterson said. “They just haven’t all had great rounds on the same day.”
Galena won the tournament, with McQueen finishing second and Reed was third. Bryson Young from Galena continued his unbeaten streak with a birdie on the final hole to finish with a 74 to hold of Dustin Hall of Reed for the individual title.
Craig’s round of 80 was STHS’s low score as the Vikings all the shot in the 80s or 90s.
Junior Sean Fannan just missed qualifying for state for the second year in a row by shooting an 82. This year, only three teams made it to state, instead of four a year ago.
The change in the rules bumped Fannan out of the running for next week.
“We would have liked to get two guys in there, but it just didn’t happen,” Patterson said.
Dan D’Angelo shot an 89, Hunter Harris fired a 92, Ryan Kraw finished with a 93 and Andrew Wysong’s score of 98 was thrown out.
Craig and D’Angelo both shot in the 70s in Monday’s practice round and Fannan recorded his second career ace, but Tuesday’s match was a totally different story for the Vikings.
“We just didn’t play very well today,” Patterson said. “With a pressure-packed 18 holes like we had today, everyone has to shoot well.”
Despite not earning the school’s first-ever trip as a team to the state tournament, Patterson and his Vikings enjoyed their most successful season to date.
The team finished fifth in league, the highest in school history, and qualified for the zone tournament for the second straight season.
And Patterson has every reason to believe that his squad will only get better.
“We’ve had a really great season,” the coach said. “And we have no seniors, so everyone should come back next season and only get better.”
As for Craig, he still has one more week to his season and he won’t have to go very far to compete in his first state tournament.
Patterson believes his young ball striker should fare well in Dayton.
“It’ll be a great experience for Kenny,” he said. “Dayton is a terrific course and he should do well there.”
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