Vikings ready to build on zone appearance |

Vikings ready to build on zone appearance

If South Tahoe High’s golf team had any doubts entering the 2001 season, a victory in the Icebreaker March 9 at Genoa Lakes removed them.

“Teams that we’d be runner-up to last year, we easily beat them in that tournament,” said STHS’s top player Sean Fannan. “After that first tournament we’re looking pretty good. There might be a chance of making state as a team.”

After qualifying for zone for the first time in the six-year history of the team last year, Viking coach Mike Patterson feels that anything less this season would be a letdown.

“That was really a big boost for the program,” Patterson said. “We’re hoping to go back this year. We should have the talent to do it.”

In addition to Fannan – who tied UNLV’s Travis Whisman for sixth (78) at zone last year to become the first STHS boy to qualify for state – the Vikings welcome back senior Patrick Curtis and sophomore Hunter Harris.

Fannan has kept his game intact throughout the winter by hitting balls into a practice net set up in his garage and by rapping putts on a putting rug.

“I’m definitely feeling a lot better about my game this year. I’m a lot more consistent,” Fannan said. “I’m finally breaking that under-par barrier. The difference between shooting in the high 70s and the low 70s is not your good shots, it’s how bad are your bad shots? If your bad shots are really bad, you’re not going to shoot in the lows 70s.”

Freshman Kenny Craig and senior Brian Ware had a grip on the fourth and fifth positions entering the season, but four players were tightly bunched for the sixth slot.

Since Lowry dropped from the 4A to the 3A, the Vikings actually are in better shape to qualify for zone. Eight of the Northern Nevada 4A’s 12 teams qualify.

“It should be a little easier to get to zone, but it’s going to much more difficult to get to state,” Patterson said.

In past years, the league has sent four teams to state. However, the league only receives three state bids and fewer individual berths this season.

STHS opens the conference schedule today at Silver Oak GC in Carson City.

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