TRUCKEE, California – After a remarkable career, Lowry’s Tatyana Carlson finally added the piece of individual hardware that has been missing from her trophy case.
Tuesday, Carlson became the 3A girls golf state champion after four years of putting Nevada on-notice she was a force to reckon with since back when she was just a freshman.
Entering the final round in second place following Monday’s 81, she trailed Pahrump Valley’s Breanne Nygaard’s 80 by just one stroke.
In the second round, Carlson took her game up several notches.
On the treacherous Schaffer’s Mill, the Lowry senior tore up the course with a 74 – booking a state title with a two-day total of 155 – Nygaard playing consistently and taking third after an 81 for a two-day card of 161.
Truckee freshman Ryan Flynn did major damage on her hometown course as in individual qualifier, also shooting a second-round 74.
Paired with her first-round 84, Flynn climbed the standings and finished as the reserve state champ with a two-round total of 158 – finishing three-strokes back of Carlson.
Competing individually from the South, Western’s Carolyn Lemon placed fourth with a two-round total of 167 on nearly-identical rounds of 83 and 84.
While the top-individual score went to Carlson, the team that reigned supreme was defending state-champion Boulder City.
Despite the graduation of 2017 state winner Lani Potter, the Lady Eagles still showed they have the best program in the Silver State.
Posting rounds of 389 and a mind-blowing 355, Boulder City repeated as state champ with a two-day total of 744 – placing two golfers in the 1st-Team All-State selections.
Senior Ryann Reese capped her career with a fifth-place finish of 169 for the tournament, shooting an 87 in the first round and trimming the score to 82 on the second day.
Junior teammate Sydney Krumm will give the Lady Eagles another bullet in their gun for next season, rounding out the ’18 All-State honorees in sixth place with a two-day card of 172.
She was smooth, finishing with rounds of 87 and 85.
Led by Nygaard, the Lady Trojans of Pahrump Valley took second place with a two-day total of 750 – posting identical cards of 375 in each round – unable to hang on to a 14-stroke lead after the first round due to Boulder City’s unbelievable 39-stroke improvement on day two.
Elko placed third overall, ending the tournament exactly where it started after the first round but improving its score significantly.
The Lady Indians posted a 399 in the first round, shaving 24 strokes for a 375 in the second round – every girl on the roster shooting a better score on day two – Elko finishing with a two-round total of 774.
Senior Sarah Sarbacker finished her stellar career with an 87 – matched with a 91 – closing the tournament in seventh place and just one spot away from a 1st-Team All-State nod with a total score of 178.
Sophomore Gabby Bement posted an 89 on Tuesday after a first-round 93, closing the tourney with a two-round mark of 182.
Junior teammate Caresse Basaraba bounced back from a first-round 99 and went to the clubhouse Tuesday with a second-round 89 – slicing off 10 strokes on day two – finishing with a total score of 188.
“It was a nice way for Sarah to finish her career. Gabby stepped up big time,” said Elko coach Jeff Sarbacker. “Caresse came back and played very well after some tough holes on the 17th and 18th in the first round.”
North-regional champion Lowry also finished its state tournament where it began Tuesday, in fourth place, although the separation between the Lady Buckaroos and the Lady Indians increased – despite the performance of Carlson.
The Lady Buckaroos actually shot 12-strokes better in round two with a 388, combined with Monday’s 400, closing with a two-round total of 788 and trailing Elko’s 774 by 14 strokes.
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Spring Creek, like Pahrump Valley, posted the exact same score in the first round as it did in the second – despite the absence of the card of senior Aintzane Alt, who was forced to withdraw due to the flu.
She shot a 111 in the first round.
The Lady Spartans entered the round in fifth place with a score of 403, posting another 403 on Tuesday, finishing the state tournament with a two-round total of 806.
Senior Elise Thiesen and junior Emalee Ingram tied for the team’s best scores, posting a pair of 194s.
Thiesen tied senior Courtney Tournahu for Spring Creek’s best card in the second round with a 96, Thiesen shooting a 98 in the first round.
Ingram posted a 95 in the first round, Tournahu adding her second-round 96 to her first-round 99 for a two-day total of 195.
“The girls played well. We finished with the same score both days,” said Spring Creek coach Don Smales. “I think Emalee will be our leader next season. I expect her to be right up toward the top of the league, she has that type of game.”
Elko junior Chilz Negrete closed the state tournament with a six-stroke improvement between rounds, combining Tuesday’s 110 with her first-round 116 for a two-day total of 226.
Her score served as the fourth and final-qualifying total for the Lady Indians in both rounds.
Spring Creek senior Caitlyn Kay provided the fourth and final score for the Lady Spartans’ team Tuesday, improving five strokes from her first-round 117 to Tuesday’s 112.
Kay finished with a tournament total of 229.
Elko senior Blaikley Alcorta followed with a two-round tally of 230, shooting a 117 in the first round and trimming four strokes to a 113 in the second.
Sophomore teammate AJ Anthony rounded out the Lady Indians’ roster with a tournament total of 240, making a big improvement in the second round.
She shot a 117 Monday and cut off 10 strokes, finishing with a 110 on Tuesday.
“Everyone played better in the second round that they did in the first, even the girls who had never played varsity golf until this season,” said coach Sarbacker. “I’m really happy with the way the girls played. I’m very proud of all of them.”
The largest recovery of the tournament from the local players came from Spring Creek junior Rachel Merwin, who overcame her first-round 135 and finished strong with a 121 for a two-day card of 256.
“Rachel is going to be really good for us next year. Nobody played bad, but all the other teams took a step up today,” Smales said. “This is a really good group of girls and seniors. They made it to state all four years together. They are playing against girls who that’s all they do is play golf. We have a really well-rounded group that is involved in other aspects of school, organizations in life and I’m very proud of them.”
Along with outstanding performances throughout the golf season, the teams from the 3A North also exemplified what it takes to succeed in the classroom.
Elko and Lowry tied for the Division 3A academic state championship, Spring Creek finishing third.
“The academic title just adds to their achievements on their course and the kind of girls they are,” coach Sarbacker said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Congratulations to Tatyana Carlson for her individual state championship and Lowry on its regional championship, the Lady Indians and coach Jeff Sarbacker on their academic state title and third-place finish at in the state tournament and Spring Creek coach Don Smales and the Lady Spartans on another state qualification and job well-done in the classroom as well.