Vikings finish sixth in first state championship
CARSON CITY — Kylie Novasel borrowed her father’s six iron for the second round of the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A Girls Golf State Championship and, boy, did that make a big difference.
Novasel shot 18 strokes better with a second round score of 98 and a two- round total of 214.
Novasel lost her trusty six iron in the first round when the head came off during a tee shot on the 15th at Thunder Canyon Country Club.
While she doesn’t attribute the club to her success as much as she does different playing partners and newly-acquired course knowledge, using a dependable club didn’t hurt.
South Tahoe shed 13 strokes off its first-round score to finish its first-ever state championship on Wednesday in sixth place out of nine teams with a final score of 1,027.
Spanish Springs, which tied South Tahoe after round one, finished 10 strokes behind the Vikings at seventh overall with a team score of 1,037.
“I’m proud of them for getting here,” said Marsha Butler, following an emotional display on the 10th hole after Lauren Dewing finished her final round. “This is the best golf team South Tahoe has ever had.”
It’s also a golf team on its way out. Four of the six to play in the state championship are seniors. Only Jacy Gleave and Novasel will return next year.
For Adrienne “Dee Dee” Crist, Kalotina Monos, Dewing and Holly Young, this was the last high school golf team hurrah.
“I’m going to miss my girls,” said Dewing following the awards ceremony. “Everything has to end sometime, but we went out with a bang.”
Crist stepped back into the leader position for South Tahoe with a second-round 96, a four-stoke improvement from round one.
Monos dropped four strokes from the day before to finish with a 101.
Dewing improved three stokes for an even second round 100 and Gleave finished the second round five strokes higher with a 109.
Young dropped 26 strokes from her first-round score to finish with a 113.
Of the three Northern Region teams to make it to state South Tahoe was second behind Galena.
A scoring mistake listed South Tahoe as tied for fifth after the first round. They were actually tied for sixth, and remained there after two rounds despite the 13-stroke improvement.
Green Valley finished in first place (872), ahead of Galena (942) the runner-up. Bishop Gorman finished third (952), followed by Palo Verde in fourth (989) Silverado (1021), South Tahoe (1027), Spanish Springs (1037), Durango (1156) and Foothill (1232), respectively.
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