Golfers qualify for zone play |

Golfers qualify for zone play

by Chuck Smock

Douglas golfers Lindsay Knox, Lauren Hayes and Keriann Zinke have qualified to play in the Northern 4A Zone tournament Thursday at Silver Oak Golf Course in Carson City.

The Tigers finished ninth in the team standings after six, 18-hole tournaments, three points out of top-eight finish and a berth in the team tournament.

The top eight teams and the top 10 players not on qualifying teams will play in Thursday’s tournament. The top four teams at zone and the top five individuals not on a top-four team will advance to the state tournament in Las Vegas, Oct. 20-21.

Knox finished 17th overall in the individual standings and fifth among girls whose teams didn’t qualify for zone tournament. The sophomore collected 342 points in the Nevada Cup System.

Based on 78 girls per tournament, the Nevada Cup System awarded 78 points to each tournament winner, 77 points to the runner-up, and so on. Also, bonus points were awarded to everyone in the top 10.

Hayes, a junior, was 37th overall and seventh among girls not on qualifying teams. She finished with 22512 points.

Zinke has put herself in a position to match the accomplishments of her sister, Rosalyn Zinke (Gingrich), and brother, Markus Zinke, both of whom played in four zone tournaments during their careers at Douglas.

Keriann Zinke finished her freshman season 41st overall in the individual standings and ninth on the list of girls from non-qualifying teams. She had 19212 Nevada Cup points.

Douglas coach Kelly Whalen said his girls will have to play solid rounds against a tough field to make it to state.

Mandy Chappel (Fallon), Denise Oliver (Hug) and Misty Butts (South Tahoe) are among the top golfers in the North and all will play as individuals at the zone tournament.

Galena, which won five of the six league tournaments, finished with 73 points to win the league title. Reno was second with 71 points, Carson was third with 65 and Reed finished fourth with 62.