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Viking golfers poised to make state

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune

South Tahoe’s Viking golfers are in the thick of the hunt for a state championship berth.

The team finished tied for fourth place with McQueen in the first 18 holes of the 32-hole zone tournament on Monday at Reno’s Hidden Valley Golf Course.

They have one more day to improve to the top three, the only finalists who will advance to the state tournament in Las Vegas.

The Viking’s top five players shot a team score of 423, four strokes behind Douglas (419) in third place.

Galena led the day with 396, followed by Reno at 407. Carson wasn’t far behind in fifth with 426; Reed finished at 437; and Elko finished a disappointing 477.

“We played pretty well today,” said Viking coach Mike Patterson. “We’re in good position.”

The Vikings had four good scores, but were hurting for a competitive fifth.

Sean Fannan and Dan D’Angelo both shot 81; Kenny Craig was right behind them at 82; Hunter Harris shot 84; and Ryan Craw shot 95.

The team did not count Andrew Wysong’s 96.

“We can’t have a 95 or a 96 in the score count (today),” Patterson said. “We’ve got to have five good scores.”

It was an abrupt introduction for Kraw and Wysong, who in competing played Hidden Valley for the first time.

Patterson said it was windy on Monday and that the course is long at more than 7,000 yards, particularly if you’re not hitting your driver well.

“If it’s not one thing its the next,” said Wysong about the wind, and then his driver. “But I hit the irons well. Hopefully I can pull it all together and shoot a better score because we really want to go to Las Vegas.”

Wysong said Kraw would have shot better, but ended up taking a 10 on the 15th hole after hitting three shots out of bounds.

Fannan, the team’s senior leader, said the team is in good shape in fourth place with only four competitive scores.

“I thing were looking real good. Ryan and Andrew are going to come in with a score better than they did (yesterday),” he said.

Patterson agreed.

“Andrew and Ryan … are both much better players than that. So I’m hoping that they both step up tomorrow. The good thing is we didn’t play real well and we’re still in it. If we play well, I like our chances.”


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