The Cougars won the HDL's first spring tournament, two weeks ago at WildCreek, posting a team total of 392. However, a week later at Washoe Golf Course, Spanish Springs slipped to a second-place finish, totaling a 419. The SSHS squad settled for a second-place finish again at Sierra Sage, turning in a team total of 416.
"Everybody is just a few strokes higher than they were a couple weeks ago," Spanish Springs first-year coach Nick Wirshing said. "We had a lot of wind today. The conditions were a little tough out there for sure. But we won our first tournament and have yet to repeat that which is a little frustrating. The guys are working some things out with their swings. Hopefully, we'll get back to where we were for that first tournament."
Reno bested the field, turning in a team total of 402, for its second-straight tournament win. After Spanish Springs’ second-place effort of 416, McQueen was third with a 432 while Reed was fourth with a 450.
Reed's Tuesday total was a step back from a week ago. Reed managed a 434 a week ago and finished third.
"The weather was better. That definitely helped us out last week," Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. "But we can't make excuses. Other players are playing in the same conditions. We did struggle a little bit. Our ball flight hurt us with the wind. Overall, the boys had some tough holes. We regressed a bit and got frustrated. It was just one of those off days."
McQueen's Marshall Roenick took home individual medalist honors, carding a score of 75. Spanish Springs junior Jordan Gilmore finished with a 76. That mark was good for a second-place tie with Reno's Sage Cunningham.
Spanish Springs Anthony Decker scored a 79, good for a sixth-place finish. The rest of the Cougars' scoring contingent was comprised of Carson Cooke (85), Jake Ellis (87) and Tommy McCallister (89). The SSHS club did not count the 100 of Cole Shirley.
"We need to get back to where we were in that first tournament. And we should be able to," Wirshing said. "One thing we have is a lot of competition. We have nine guys that have played in the first three tournaments. There's a lot of competition in practice, but we're still looking to see who our top six golfers are. I really hope that competition pays off in the long run and makes us better. We're competing really hard each week to qualify. Nobody's getting a free pass."
For Reed, Jake Nelson was the top scorer Tuesday. He posted an 83. The Raiders’ team total was made up of Colton King's 85, Jake Day's 91, Shane Pinkston's 95 and a 96. Both Anthony Shelton and Trevor Wood posted scores of 96. Teams count five scores and then throw out their sixth or lowest score.
"We have to play our game no matter the conditions and we have to adjust our game to the conditions we're playing in," Fleiner said. "Your ball flight depends on the weather you're playing in. If you can't make adjustments, that's going to make it tougher. Plus, every course is different and plays different under different conditions."
The two local schools will not compete next week as it is marked by the Washoe County School District's spring break. Then, Spanish Springs and Reed will both play in an invitational event hosted by the Cougars, April 18 at RedHawk Golf Club. On April 19, the Sparks schools will compete in an HDL tournament at D'Andrea Golf and Country Club.