TRUCKEE, California – After Monday’s Division 3A North tournament was canceled, Tuesday’s event at Ponderosa – a nine-hole course – in Truckee marked the third girls golf tournament of the season.
Three up, three down for the Elko girls.
The Lady Indians cruised to their third-consecutive team title with their largest margin of victory yet.
Elko nearly equaled its opening round score on Sept. 6 at Ruby View Golf Course of 359 – shooting a 366 Tuesday – but the Lady Indians’ 60-stroke lead over second-place Spring Creek served as the biggest gap of Elko’s three wins.
The Lady Spartans (426) edged Lowry in consecutive tournaments for second place, the Lady Buckaroos closing Tuesday’s round with a team total of 430.
In the three league events, eight strokes has been the biggest margin of difference between Spring Creek and Lowry, as the teams have been in quite the battle for second and third place – the Lady Spartans finishing second twice, Lowry taking second in the league opener at Ruby View.
Senior Annika Criss won her second tournament for the Lady Indians in three tries – the other being a second-place effort Thursday in Spring Creek – with a sub-80 round of 79 on Tuesday.
Criss took first place but not without a struggle, tying Lowry’s Tatyana Carlson (79).
Sudden death overtime for the tiebreaker.
One playoff was not enough to settle the dispute, both Criss and Carlson bogeying the par-4 first hole.
On the par-4 second hole, Carlson’s drive landed out of bounds and she was laying three and preparing to hit her fourth shot from the sand – no need.
Criss hit her second shot from the fairway to within three inches of the hole, nearly going for an eagle but settling for a tap-in birdie for the championship.
“Ponderosa poses some trouble out of bounds and with trees and sand traps,” said Elko coach Jeff Sarbacker. “If the girls are confident with their driver and it’s an advantage to them, I let them swing away. If they are unsure with the driver, I try to have them use whatever they can hit straight.”
Elko junior Sarah Sarbacker nearly matched her career-best 86 on the Lady Indians’ home course, shooting an 87 Tuesday and placing third individually.
“Sarah shot a 47 on the front and a 40 on the back nine, so she really finished strong,” Sarbacker said.
Sophomore teammate Caresse Basaraba tied her personal best set Thursday at the Spring Creek tournament and closed the Truckee event with another 97.
Spring Creek sophomore Emalee Ingram carded a 98 and placed fifth overall, while Truckee’s Annika Thayen rounded out the top six with a round of 102.
Senior Kinnady Lostra posted the fourth and final qualifying score for the Lady Indians and ranked seventh individually with a total of 103 – finishing one stroke off the pace from her personal-best 102 set in Elko’s home tournament.
“Caresse tied her personal best for the second week in a row,” said Sarbacker. “I can definitely see Kinnady cracking the century mark pretty soon.”
Elko senior Bridgette Elquist gave the team its fifth-best round Tuesday with a score of 109 – tying for 11th – and freshman teammate Gabby Bement rounded out Elko’s roster with a round of 114.
The Lady Indians’ next challenge to win four-consecutive league events will come at the Dayton tournament with a schedule change.
The Lady Dust Devils’ home tournament has been moved from Sept. 22 back to its original date of Tuesday, Sept. 19 at noon in Dayton.
A date to make up Monday’s canceled tournament in South Tahoe has yet to be determined.