Warriors seek first state golf title on home courses
As well as the Whittell High boys golf team is playing it’s not like the Warriors need a few extra advantages going into today’s 36-hole Nevada 2A state championships.
Today’s first round is at the site of Whittell’s early season home – Genoa, while Friday’s final round shifts to the Warriors’ present home – Edgewood Tahoe.
“I hope we take advantage of that,” said first-year coach Steve Maltase, whose Warriors have never won a state golf title. “But at Jackpot they hadn’t played or walked the course and the guys did really well, so I think that makes them think that anything can happen.
“We’ve seen some scoes from down South, so our guys are trying to be realistic and at same realize they’re in position to win it.”
Whittell ran away with the zone championship last Friday in Jackpot, beating its nearest-rival Incline by 29 shots. If senior Keith Truswell, a zone runner-up to teammate Ryan Salomon, isn’t worried about the Warriors being overconfident in the six-team state championships.
“I don’t think it’s that big of an advantage because both courses can get you if you mishit some shots,” he said.
Many of Whittell’s 2A foes this season struggle to get one or two players to break 90. Whittell, on the other hand, consistently has all six of its players break 90.
“Our top three guys have been consistent all eyar. It’s going to take a good effort out of the other three to get the job done,” Maltase said.
In addition to Truswell and Salomon, Whittell’s starting lineup includes Patrick Flanagan (fourth at zone), Parker Fox (sixth at zone), Cary White and Brian Jones.
Today’s opening round and Friday’s final round begin at 1 p.m.
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