For the third straight weekly tourney, those three conference rivals finished in identical fashion. McQueen won Wednesday’s tournament, which was hosted by Reno High at Washoe Golf Course, by posting a team total of 331. That solid finish came with one McQueen player out while competing in the Nevada State Women’s Amateur and a second disqualified Wednesday.
HDL schools can compete with six players but must only count their top four scores toward a team total. McQueen counted scores of 76, 84, 85 and 86.
“McQueen is that good,” first-year Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said bluntly.
Spanish Springs totaled a 366, it’s highest team score of the fall season. However, the Cougars were playing without defending Northern 4A champion, sophomore Katrina Prendergast, who was also competing in the Nevada State Women’s Amateur at northwest Reno’s Somersett Golf and Country Club.
Prendergast had won the first three conference tournaments.
Spanish Springs was led by Junior Trae Jones, who carded an 80, good for second place overall. The rest of the SSHS scoring contingent was made up of Sam Sorensen (86), Joanna Perry (96) and Katrina Weil (104).
The Cougars did not count the scores of Kirsti Settas (112) and Hannah Haughn (125). Haughn, a sophomore, who just took up golf earlier this year, was playing in her first competitive prep tourney.
“I felt pretty good, and every week is about the same,” Bosco said. “I’d still like to see our 4-5-6 golfers get a little more competitive. I think they have the mindset like ‘we’re not going use my score,’ and that’s not the case. We need those kids to score … and I know they’re trying.”
Reno posted a team total of 393 for its third-place finish.
McQueen freshman Alice Duan was the individual low medalist with a 76.
“I feel like second place is probably where we’re going to fit,” Bosco said. “Our top three girls can compete with anybody in the league and probably northern Nevada. I’d put our top three against anybody else. Still, we need a fourth scorer. We’ve had the talk. I’m just not sure they all believe it.”
•For the first time this fall Reed fielded a full team. The Raiders finished fourth as only four of six league schools fielded full teams.
Reed turned in a 462 team total. Leighton Lee shot a 101 for Reed while Angela Vranken and Holli Smith finished with scores of 110 and 112 respectively. Maddie Goins played in her first league tournament and had a score of 140.
Next week’s High Desert League tournament will be hosted by Reed at Lakeridge. The event will go off at 8 a.m. Sept. 28