Vikings tied for fifth after round No. 1 at state
Kylie Novasel lost her head on Tuesday at the 2002 NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Girls Golf Championship.
She was teeing off on the 15th hole at Thunder Canyon Golf Course with about 180 yards to the water when the head of her six iron broke from the shaft during her swing and went about 60 yards. Fortunately, the ball landed just shy of the water, but she would have to go without that iron for the rest of the day.
“It kind of summed up the hole day,” Novasel said.
Judging by the score, the first round of zone could be called a “breakdown.”
The Vikings, who have been scoring well below 500 for most of the year, finished the day tied for fifth with a combined score of 520.
Tied for fifth out of nine teams is either half full or half empty, depending on your point of view, but Vikings hoped they would shoot somewhere near the 468 or 488 that landed them at the state championships in the first place.
That is, until Thunder Canyon came along, a course that carries a reputation for deep bunkers, tight fairways with punishing rough, tough greens and long holes.
“There are lots of bunkers, lots of hazards and lots of water. And the rough — it is rough,” said Marsha Butler, the Vikings’ head coach. “But it’s a beautiful course.”
The Vikings, who are tied for fifth with familiar Northern Region foe Spanish Springs, said the course was tough on everybody, so they’re still in the running.
They trail Silverado, the fourth-place team by six strokes. They’re behind third-place Bishop Gorman(483) by 37 strokes.
Green Valley finished the day with a combined first-place score of 434. Galena currently stands at runner-up at 467.
But if those teams are feeling anything like the Vikings, a lot could happen after round No. 2.
“My feet are killing me. That’s such a long course. It’s really tough,” said Jacy Gleave, who shot a 104. “If you get in the rough, it’s really hard to get out … (but) nobody was doing that well, so we felt we were doing OK.”
Kalotina Monos led the Vikings with a score of 97, nine strokes higher than her final score at zone the week before.
Adrienne “Dee Dee” Crist, who emerged this year as a team leader, shot 100, her worst round yet. Lauren Dewing followed with 103 and Holly Young finished at 139.
Crist agreed that the course was tough, and that it just wasn’t going the Vikings’ way. But she too felt fortunate to be at state for the first time and part of a history-making Viking team.
“Now that we’ve seen it and played it, we know how to control it, and know how to play some of the shots, so I think that will help us a lot,” Gleave said of round No. 2.
That sentiment is shared among the Vikings, who felt at a disadvantage on several holes by not knowing the course better.
“This course totally depends on course knowledge. Knowing the course is huge,” Novasel said. “On the par-5 14th I couldn’t see anything around the dogleg. I didn’t even know it was a dogleg … but I think we can (improve today) just knowing the course.”
After the first round, Galena’s Luxchmi Gill finished with the best individual score of a 1-over par 73. Behind her were Green Valley’s Chelsea Pendleton (76), Palo Verde’s Kathryn Barrett (77), Durango’s Sondia Gogue (78) and Wooster’s Kassia Nelson (82).
Monos, at 23rd, was the only Viking to break the top 25.
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