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Vikings shoot lights out, STHS golfers open conference play with pair of school records

Steve Yingling

Who were the Reno and Galena golfers wearing the South Tahoe High golf shirts on Monday in Carson City?

That’s what some of the Northern Nevada 4A golf league members probably thought at Silver Oak as the Vikings unexpectedly distinguished themselves as a contender.

The Vikings shot a school-record 405 to finish an all-time best fifth at the 12-team gathering.

“We were hoping we could be in the top six today, so top five is even better,” said STHS seventh-year coach Mike Patterson.

The Vikings’ scores ranged from Sean Fannan’s career-tying-best 74 to Andrew Wysong’s 86.

“All of us were right there,” said Fannan, who had a double-bogey on the back nine, denying him a par round. “A lot of teams didn’t expect us to get top six. I think we can keep it up.”

South Tahoe’s other consistent rounds included Patrick Curtis, 81; Ryan Kraw, 82; Dan D’Angelo, 83; and Hunter Harris, 85.

In fact, the Vikings were so solid that they didn’t need Wysong’s respectable 86.

“I don’t think we’ve ever thrown away a score that low,” Fannan said.

McQueen edged Galena, 381 to 383 for first place. Carson was third with 385, then came Reno with 396, South Tahoe (405), Reed (410), Douglas (417), Sparks (429), Elko (441), Fallon (460), Wooster (477) and Hug (514).

Bryson Young of Galena carded the lowest score with a 3-under-par 69.

Patterson attributes his team’s fast start to decent weather and the generosity of Sierra Nevada Golf Course.

“We’ve been lucky this year. We’ve only missed two days of practice because of the weather,” Patterson said. “And we probably have the best practice facility of anybody in Northern Nevada at Sierra Nevada.”

The Vikings’ previous best team score was 419, according to Patterson.

“I would certainly hope that we’ll build on this and not have this as our highlight of the season,” Patterson said. “We’re looking pretty good now, but we need to practice and work hard as the season goes along.”

The Vikings continue conference play Monday at Wildcreek in Reno.

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