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Whittell freshman fires division’s lowest score

One Whittell High freshman golfer just doesn’t have it in him to learn the hard way. While freshmen rarely crack the Warriors’ regular lineup, Patrick Flanagan decided that feat wasn’t enough.

The freshman not only eclipsed the play of his veteran teammates, but shot the lowest score in the Nevada 3A Division II tournament Friday in Hawthorne. Flanagan’s 76 tied a Bishop Manogue player for first, but Flanagan was recognized as low medalist since he outscored the Miner on the No. 1 handicap hole.

“I had no idea this would happen,” said Whittell coach Frank Bruno. “Patrick has been playing well. He just hung in there and scored well on a course that’s hard to score on.



“I don’t expect him to do that every week, but looking at him right now, he’s been a real surprise and can shoot in the 80s most of the time.”

Flanagan’s heroics helped the Warriors avert a poor team showing.




“It didn’t look too good until Patrick came in. He moved us from fourth to second,” said Bruno, whose Warriors finished four strokes behind tournament winner Manogue.

Team scores were Manogue 405, Whittell 409, Yerington 415, Incline 418, Dayton 422 and Hawthorne 459.

Senior Dustin Fox led the rest of the Warriors with a solid 77, and he was followed by Ryan Salomon 80, Todd Echan 87, Keith Truswell 89 and Cary White 106.

Whittell entertains the division at noon Thursday at Genoa Lakes.

Vikings play well in 4-player tourney

A four-player tournament format brought out South Tahoe High’s best golf of the season Friday and Saturday in Pahrump, Nev.

Bouyed by Sean Fannan’s 79 and James Peterson’s 80 on Friday and Fannan’s 66 on Saturday, the Vikings finished in the middle of the pack in the 36-team tournament at Calvada Valley Golf and Country Club. First-day play was on a par-71 layout, while players tested a par 59 executive layout on Saturday.

“We ended up tied with Douglas, but we made up nine shots on Douglas on Saturday,” said STHS coach Mike Patterson. “We always play and practice with Douglas, so the kids really wanted to see if they could catch them.”

Green Valley finished first with 544 strokes. Carson led Northern teams with a fourth-place finish of 555 strokes.

Besides scoring by Fannan and Peterson on Friday, South Tahoe’s Kipp Gsettenbauer shot 88 and Hunter Harris 92. On day two, Fannan fired a 7-over-par 66 , Gestettenbauer and Harris 70s and Peterson 72.

South Tahoe – and 12 other Northern Nevada League teams – will try out Arrow Creek Golf Course for the first time at 12:30 p.m. today in Reno.


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