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Baeza Takes State Golf Championship
Posting Date: 05/18/2012

By Barbara Ellestad
Ryan Baeza waits his turn to putt on his way to winning the 3A State Champion crown May 15. Photo submitted.

Ryan Baeza waits his turn to putt on
his way to winning the 3A State
Champion crown May 15. Photo submitted.

Virgin Valley High School Senior Ryan Baeza was crowned the 3A State Champion in the 2012 NIAA Boys State Golf Tournament Tuesday, May 15.

Baeza shot a 31 on the front nine holes, and a 38 on the back nine, for a total score of 69 at Boulder Creek Golf Course on the first day of the tournament.

"He was a star," Kirk Hafen, VVHS Boys golf coach said. "He shot a 69 on Monday and that's after he bogeyed the last two holes. He was one under for both days."

Playing against other high school golfers from Fallon, Elko, Winnemucca, Spring Creek, Boulder City, and Moapa Nevada, Baeza shot a 38 on the front and a 36 on the back the second day for a total score of 74 at the Boulder City Municipal Golf Course in Boulder City, NV.

With a two day total of 143, he was

first on the leaderboard with Luke Logan from Boulder City a distant 11 strokes back.

Hafen added that "it was very windy during the tournament and that made for some tough play. He put it altogether for the State tournament. Ryan is not just a good golfer, he's a great kid. As his coach, I can't beat him."

After coaching the high school senior for three years, "I'm sorry to see him go," Hafen remarked. "I'll miss the whole bunch of them," he said about the other golfers who'll graduate in just a couple weeks.

"It was an emotional win for Ryan because he worked so hard to get this title," Baeza's mother, Doris, commented. "It was especially special to him when his sister Felisha (2009 3A NIAA Girls Golf State Champion) came yesterday with a surprise visit to root for her brother. I am so proud of him."


  • Posted Date: 05/18/2012
    Congratulations Ryan, way to go!!! I'm so very proud of you, and of your golf accomplishments. Continued success and know I'll be watching and pulling for you. Congrats and best wishes to Felisha too!
    By: Lesley Holbert
  • Posted Date: 05/20/2012
    Congrats Ryan!!! It's such a pleasure to continue to read about you and your accomplishments, even though I'm no longer at Mesquite PD or VVHS. Both you and your Sister will be forever engrained in my memory as two of the most polite young adults I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Keep up the good work and never lose sight of your wonderful parents and how they are your best cheerleaders! We're all behind you Ryan; I hope to see you on the PGA one of these days!
    By: Robert W. Everett
  • Posted Date: 05/21/2012
    Congrats Ryan! My family and I have had the pleasure of watching you grow from chipping golf balls over your fence with plastic clubs to State Champion. We look forward to your continued success in golf and more importantly in life!
    By: Mark Wier
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