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Tee to Green: Cougars second at RedHawk, Raiders fourth
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Stephanie King chips up toward the green on the 17th hole at RedHawk Golf club Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs golfer Stephanie King chips up toward the green on the 17th hole at RedHawk Golf club Tuesday.
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It looks like the bulk of the High Desert League’s girls golf squads will be chasing McQueen this fall. The Lancers buried the competition at the first league tournament of the season, last week at WildCreek. They turned the trick again Tuesday at RedHawk Golf Club.

McQueen easily bested tournament host Spanish Springs Tuesday. The Lancers posted a team total of 332, 29 strokes better than the Cougars’ 361 mark.

What makes the Lancers’ outing more impressive is five of the six competing Spanish Springs golfers tied or topped their career best scores for 18 holes.

“McQueen is really good this year,” Spanish Springs girls golf coach Victor Sherbondy said. “They will be tough to catch, but we definitely improved. If we can do that each week, that will be great.”

Spanish Springs did indeed improve. The Cougars shaved 23 strokes off their team total of last week at WildCreek (384). The problem for the SSHS squad was McQueen trimmed 32 strokes from its 364 total of a week earlier.

McQueen freshman Allison Gaskill had a big day. Her score of 77 gave her individual medalist honors. Spanish Springs sophomore Trae Jones had the second-best individual score on the day, finishing with an 80.

Sammi Sorensen carded a round of 91 while Stephanie King put together a round of 94 and Katrina Weil a 96. That foursome comprised the Cougars’ team total. Devan Gaddis and (96) and Kirstie Fettas also played for Spanish Springs, but their scores did not count toward the SSHS team total as competing schools only use their top four scores.

“The girls had a lot more confidence, playing on their home course,” Sherbondy said. “A few of the girls also got off to a great start, which added to their confidence.

“We just need to keep working hard. We all have the short game and a variety of other aspects to work on, but we do, we’ll improve.”

Reno was third on the team scores chart with a 386 while Reed was fourth with a 407. The RHS club made the most improvement from Week 1 to Week 2. The Raiders’ 407 Tuesday was 45 strokes better than their showing at WildCreek six days prior.

Reed was paced by the 98 of Andi Lee. The Raiders also counted the scores of Carlee Payne (100), Abby Oliphant (101) and Haley Kutz (108) toward their team total. The east Sparks school did not count the 111 of Amanda Vranken and the 123 of Maggie Saunders, but Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said five of six Raiders improved over Week 1.

“We settled in and relaxed,” Fleiner said. “The girls tried to do things we talked about from a game plan standpoint, how to approach shots, keep things simple and don’t force harder shots. The biggest thing was they relaxed and got those first week jitters out of their system, that really helped.

“Carlee is usually our top scorer and she struggled some today, but the other girls picked us up. Abby had two birdies today ... Our course management was just better today and our scores were better. We made better choices.”

Spanish Springs and Reed return to competitive tournament play Monday in the HDL’s third fall event, at Reno’s Washoe Golf Course. Tee times start at 12:20 p.m.
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