Spanish Springs turned in a team total of 339 at WildCreek in the first High Desert League girls golf tournament of the fall season last week, just going lower than McQueen's 343. However, on Thursday, it was McQueen posting a 345 on its home course of Somersett Country Club. That was four strokes better than the 349 of Spanish Springs.
The results have the HDL rivals deadlocked in Nevada Cup team points after two tournaments. four remain.
Spanish Springs had two of the top three scores in Thursday's tournament but sill could not top McQueen. For the second straight week, SSHS sophomore Katrina Prendergast was the tournament's top golfer. Her 77 bested the field, giving her individual medalist honors.
"She is just very consistent," Cougars coach Mike Bosco said. "She drives the ball well and hits a high percentage of greens in regulation. She told me she didn't putt well and said if she putted well, she could've shot 70. She had a tap in for eagle on a par five, almost made the double eagle. That was pretty nice. She was excited about that."
Spanish Springs junior Trae Jones carded an 82, a score good for third overall.
"Trae was real consistent, just a few strokes behind Katrina," said Bosco, who is in his first season at the helm of the SSHS girls golf program. "She wasn't even happy with her score, felt like she wasn't striking the ball well. But she battled and was able to get up and down ... To shoot 82 and not be thrilled with that score is kind of hard for me to understand but these girls are that good."
HDL rules allow for schools to put six players in a tournament field but only score the top four. The Cougars' scoring contingent was rounded out by Sam Sorensen's 87 and the 103 of Joanna Perry. Spanish Springs did not count the 110 of Katrina Weil or the 116 of Kirsti Fettas.
McQueen's four counting scores were 80, 85, 90 and 90.
Spanish Springs' highest counting score last week was a 95, so counting a 103 this week was the difference between winning and losing as a team.
"It's not one person's fault," Bosco said. "I don't want to put too much pressure on the girls, but I also want them to understand, if each one of them makes one more putt, maybe we win.
"Somersett was tough. It was hard to score. It's really tough, not an easy course at all."
The High Desert League's girls golfers will be in Spanish Springs next week when the Cougars host the third HDL tournament of the fall campaign. It will be hosted on the SSHS squad's home course, RedHawk on Monday. The tourney gets going with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.