Whittell golfers hit the Jackpot
A Whittell High seeding tournament broke out at the Northern 2A golf championships Friday in Jackpot.
Led by junior Ryan Salomon’s individual championship, Whittell placed four players in the top six to run away with the team title.
“We rose to the occasion,” said senior Keith Truswell, who placed second, a stroke behind Salomon. “We went into it knowing that we could win, but we weren’t cocky about it.”
The title clinched a spot for Whittell in this week’s Nevada 2A State Championships at the familiar layouts of Genoa Lakes and Edgewood Tahoe.
“They worked hard and they deserve it,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase, who added the zone golf title to the zone basketball championship and state runner-up finish in boys soccer he’s overseen this year. “That’s just one of the goals they’ve set for themselves. I don’t think they’ve reached their goal yet. It’s going to another effort like zone to win state.”
Salomon shot a 3-over par 75, followed by Truswell’s 76, Patrick Flanagan’s fourth-place 79 and Parker Fox’s sixth-place 83.
Brian Jones’ completed Whittell’s 400 total with a 17th-place score of 87.
“For everyone to go out and break 90 out there is pretty good,” Truswell said. “That’s what we need. We need the last two guys to have good scores like that, and Brian and Cary (White) did that.”
White finished 19th with an 89.
Incline (429) and West Wendover (433) also advanced to state.
The Warriors’ top two players were aware of how close their scores were going into the final holes.
“He was playing right behind me,” Truswell said.
Truswell’s title hopes slipped away on No. 17 when he took a double-bogey. But he didn’t carry his disappointment on No. 17 to the final hole.
“That’s why I made a 14-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole,” said Truswell of his second birdie of the round. “I kind of accepted that I wasn’t going to win and drained it.”
But in the end, Truswell was a winner anyway.
All six guys really stepped up.
“Little bit of an edge. It’s nice to not have to travel.”
played quite bit until three weeks ago at Genoa.
Not bad at all. I hope we take advantage of that., hung banner in 1996. The kids deserve all the credit. They worked hard and they serve it. That’s just one goals set for themselves. I don’t thik they’ve reached their goa yet. It’s goig to another effort like zone to win state.
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