Young Whittell golfers enjoy best outing of the season
Whittell High’s golfers enjoyed their best outing of the season on Thursday, finishing their round at the Mountain Course at Incline with a number of milestones.
Four out of the five golfers who played shot their best rounds ever during the Incline tournament, as Whittell’s young team finished fourth in the six-team field with a team score of 557. Every Warrior on the team had her best round of the year, and Whittell placed two players in the tournament’s top 10.
“I think it’s practice and focus on the game,” said Warriors head coach Brian Rippet. “Being in a tournament situation, there’s no substitute.”
Now that the team has had a few tournaments under its collective belt, experience is starting to pay off in the form of solid rounds. Sophomore Tara Hordzwick shot a 90 over 18 holes to finish fifth in the individual standings. Classmate Dani Muir continued to chop strokes off her game – shooting her first-ever birdie and taking 10th individually with a 98. Two Warriors placed in the field’s top 10 for the first time in the team’s history.
Rachel Rey, a junior, followed close behind Muir, finishing 12th with a round of 104.
With two tournaments left, Hordzwick is in prime position to make a run at a 3A state championship appearance. The players outside the qualifying teams who have the five lowest scoring averages also earn trips to state. Hordzwick holds the fourth position by four shots over her nearest competitor.
“She’s got a small cushion,” Rippet said. “Not much, but she’s improving.”
While the young Warriors would be hard-pressed to make a late charge to state as a team, the tournament experience may help the team down the road. Without any seniors playing golf, every Warrior could return next season.
“Everybody that’s on the team this year can come back, so we’ll only get better,” Rippet said.
Whittell next travels to Dayton for an 11 a.m. tournament Thursday, then wraps the regular season Oct. 14 at Yerington. The Northern Nevada 3A state tournament takes place Oct. 21-22 at Fernley.
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