Warriors have ‘Edge’ in zone tournament
Motivation won’t be lacking for the Whittell High golf team today at the Northern 2A regional tournament.
For one, the Warriors will play on their home course – Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course – for the second time in less than a week.
Secondly, the Warriors have forgotten their string of regional titles that ended last when Hawthorne was the surprise champion.
“It should be an advantage,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “If we don’t have an advantage at that course, we don’t have an advantage anywhere, that’s for sure.”
But Maltase thinks that in this day of children spending most of their free time with Playstation and XBox video games, players who have never played Edgewood might have some course knowledge.
“Tiger Woods’ video game has Edgewood as a future course,” Maltase said. “They might get to play some practice rounds on the video game.”
Since Hawthorne isn’t in a position to defend its title, Maltase believe last year’s runner-up – White Pine – is today’s favorite.
“We want to get it back,” said Maltase, whose Warriors have won five of the past six regional championships.
Whittell should have every chance to upstage the Bobcats since they have a team with postseason experience. Three Warriors finished in the top 10 at regionals a year: Tim Lipovsky, fifth; Kirk Baines, tied for sixth; and Tyler Fairbank, tied for ninth.
In addition, Cody Harrington, who was a part of regional titles his freshman and sophomore years, has rejoined the team this spring after playing baseball last year. Harrington has been the team’s most consistent player and shot an 83 last Friday at Edgewood.
However, it was Marty Rahbeck who led the Warriors in the regular-season finale at Edgewood, firing a 9-over 81. Rahbeck tied for 16th at last year’s regional at Jackpot.
Action begins at noon today.
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