Posted 6/07/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Junior Mitchell Fifer and sophomore Carter Valliere led the Tioga boys’ golf team to fifth place at the 2016 state golf championship Tuesday and Wednesday last week at the Jamestown Country Club.
“Taking fifth place is a great accomplishment for them, especially with a team this young,” Tioga head coach Ryan Albrecht said. “I know they were initially disappointed and wanted to finish higher, but I am very proud of them.”
The Pirates, who were ninth in 2015, built on that by finishing 36 holes at a 106-over-par 682 (337 Tuesday, 345 Wednesday).
“The Jamestown Country Club provided a very tough setup for all the teams,” Albrecht said. “There are more trees on this course then we have probably dealt with the last couple of years combined.”
Kindred finished atop the team leaderboard at an 84-over-par 660, followed by Heart River (661), Northern Lights (666) and Hillsboro-Central Valley (678).
Fifer and Valliere tied for sixth individually at a 13-over-par 157.
Valliere had the stronger final round, improving his score from 80 to 77. Fifer was one stroke behind the leader through 24 holes at 2-over before double-bogeying the ninth and 10th and triple-bogeying the 13th.
Sophomore Brandon Skabo opened with an 86 on Tuesday, shot an 89 on Wednesday and tied for 32nd at 31 over par.
Sophomore Tyler Larson tied for 75th at a 49-over-par 193. He improved his back nine from 49 to 47 before running into trouble on the front.
Eighth-grader Kaden Pederson was 112th at 81 over par, while junior Parker Jackson was 114th at 86 over. They respectively improved by 17 and 20 strokes in their second rounds.