By Victoria Fragione and Mary Granath Posted June 2, 2010
The Lowry boy’s golf team continued its season-long domination by claiming the state title last week while competing in Las Vegas. The Bucks have more golf state titles than any other school. However, this was their first title since 1986.
“This is our ninth state championship, it’s the most out of any school in Nevada. You know golf is kind of a tradition in Winnemucca, it’s just been a while since we’ve won one,” said head coach Chad Peters.
Lowry finished with a score of 834, Virgin Valley finished second with 841, and third place went to Spring Creek with a score of 867.
Although this was Peters’ first year coaching the team he was able to bring home a state title.
“We went to our first couple tournaments and we started winning those so going into state we thought we had a good chance of winning. The South team, Virgin Valley … was the favorite so we were kind of the underdog. After the first day we were tied and after the second day we ended up winning by seven,” said Peters.
Joey Dendary, who was named MVP for the season in the Northern 3A, placed second in the tournament after losing by one stroke in a one-hole playoff tie-breaker.
“We both hit alright drives and he hit a second shot really close to the pin so I had to go for it. I hit it a little too good and it went over the green into kind of a grass bunker and it was a pretty tough chip.”
Dendary remains proud of the overall season and his individual performance.
“We went undefeated and added another state title,” said Dendary.
As Dendary is a senior this year he will be saying farewell to the Lowry golf program.
“It’s going to be hard to fill Joey’s shoes… he’s our most consistent guy he always shoots around…even par…so filling Joey’s shoes is going to be very hard. Someone’s going to have to step up,” stated Peters.
Gabby Roman is the only other senior on the team and will also be leaving.
“I love Gabby and I love Joey and they’re both good kids and my advice to those guys is just continue doing what they’re doing,” said Peters, “I have a lot of respect for both of them.”
However, Peters continues to anticipate a successful season next year despite losing his two seniors.
“I think we should be able to win the North and make it to state again,” said Peters.
The Lowry boy’s golf team look forward to yet another victorious season next year.