Mother Nature heated up, bringing sunny skies and warmer temperatures, but it did little to help Spanish Springs as the Cougars cooled off in Week 2. Conversely, Reed golfers saw their scores improve with the improved playing conditions at Reno's Washoe Golf Course.
Spanish Springs was the lone school to break under the 400 mark last week. The Cougars posted a 392 and won last week's first conference tournament, but it could not turn the trick again. Spanish Springs settled for a 419 team score Wednesday, good for second. It was beaten by tournament host Reno, which totaled a 407.
"We didn't play very well," first-year Spanish Springs coach Nick Wirshing said. "We struggled with our putting quite a bit."
Reed finished fourth a week ago at WildCreek, thanks to a 457 team total. But Wednesday, the Raiders were much better, shaving 23 strokes off their team score, finishing with a 434, good for third in the team standings.
"I was extremely pleased today," Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. "The kids worked hard this past week. I really believe they met the goals we had set for them. They stayed focused and played one shot at a time. They stayed positive throughout their rounds."
Junior Jordan Gilmore was the bright spot for Spanish Springs. He carded a 78 to win individual medalist honors.
Carson Cooke and Anthony Decker turned in scores of 82 and 83 respectively for Spanish Springs. The Cougars' scoring contingent was wrapped up by Jake Ellis and Tommy McCallister, who finished with rounds of 87 and 89.
Spanish Springs did not count the score of Dylan Ernst (90).
Reed was paced by the 82 and 83 of Trevor Wood and Jake Nelson. Jake Day had an 86 for Reed. That trio was followed by the 90 of Colton King and 93 of Anthony Shelton. Reed threw out the 102 of Shane Pinkston.
"You always hope, in the end, the kids can see the results of their work and be rewarded," Fleiner said. "Our kids were. Third place is not the No. 1 finish but it's a step in the right direction. We'll keep setting goals for the next tournament and go forward. That's all we can do."
The scores of 82 by Cooke and Wood were good for fifth overall while the 83s of Decker and Nelson left them in a tie for eighth.
Both Reed and Spanish Springs will play in an invitational event Monday at Dayton Valley Country Club, the host venue of May's Northern 4A Championships. The two Sparks schools then return Wednesday for the spring's third HDL tournament, at Sierra Sage.