Vikings prepare for first team state performance
South Tahoe’s girls’ golf team, which finished runner-up in the 4A Northern Region as a team, begins the first round of state tournament today at Thunder Canyon Golf Course with the best Viking lineup in school history.
Senior Kalotina Monos is in familiar territory as the only Viking to return to a state tournament. She finished the 2001 regional tournament in seventh place as an individual as a junior and 11th at state. She led the Vikings in the second round of zone this year with an 88, her best round this year.
In this year’s regional tournament, she finished seventh overall for the second year in a row.
Fellow senior Adrienne “Dee Dee” Crist has been the consistent team leader this year, frequently shooting in the 80s.
She finished 11th at zone overall, an improvement of three places from last year.
Crist also finished seventh in Nevada Cup points among 84 competitors.
Monos, who attended a national golfing tournament over the summer with TourneySport USA, finished eighth overall in Nevada Cup points.
Kylie Novasel finished 20th in the team competition. Jacy Gleave was behind her (34th), as were Holly Young (40th) and Lauren Dewing (44th).
Gleave, a junior, finished this year’s regional tournament 17th overall.
South Tahoe spent Monday hitting range balls and viewing tape of Thunder Canyon, a course that includes several holes longer than 500 yards.
They also discussed the competition, and how to achieve team goals of having fun and relieving pressure.
“There are definitely some teams to beat, but we are I think in the upper half,” said head coach Marsha Butler of the nine teams in the tournament.
Green Valley led Southern Nevada’s Sunrise Region with a single-round score of 423. Bishop Gorman led the Sunset Region at 462.
Galena was the leader from the North, with a two-day average of 456. South Tahoe averaged 478.
On the second day, the Vikings shot 468.
“If we have two good days, there’s no reason we can’t be top three in the state,” Butler said.
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