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Cougars win at Sierra Sage
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS golfer Joanna Perry works to flop a shot up toward the hole. Perry shot a 100.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS golfer Joanna Perry works to flop a shot up toward the hole. Perry shot a 100.
The Spanish Springs girls golf team appears to be hitting its mid-season form. The Cougars finished second in the first two High Desert League tournaments of the season, but with a team win Tuesday at North Reno’s Sierra Sage Golf Course, now have back-to-back tournament team wins.

Spanish Springs posted a team total of 340, easily its lowest total of the fall season. The 340 was also 20 strokes better than second-place McQueen’s 360.

“Typically, you can score pretty well at Sierra Sage,” Cougars coach Victor Sherbondy said. “I think a majority of the girls had a lot of confidence coming in today. Many of them had personal bests.”

Reno and Reed finished third and fourth respectively in the team with totals of 376 and 384 respectively. Reno’s Denise Wilkerson carded a 76 Tuesday to win individual medalist honors.

Spanish Springs got the second and third-place finishers Tuesday. Sophomore Trae Jones and freshman Katrina Prendergast made up that duo. Jones finished with a 78, marking the first time she had broke under the 80 mark in her two years of varsity golf.

“I got up and down really well today,” Jones said. “I was kind of ‘chunking’ my shot so I really had to come back and get chips close so I could save par. My putting could’ve been better but it was still pretty good. And I hit my drives pretty good.”

Prendergast, has the potential to be one of the top golfers in northern Nevada, but was making her first appearance of her prep career. She had missed the first three tournaments of the year after rehabbing from an injury. The talented freshman put together a round of 80.

“It was a blast today,” Prendergast said. “I was really sore after just playing our qualifier but it was fine. I just wanted to play like I usually do, to go out there and have fun. I didn’t expect to win or anything. I did not expect to shoot an 80 at all. I putted pretty well and my chips were decently good. I was pretty good off the tee too.”

Spanish Springs also got contributing scores from Sami Sorensen, who managed a 90, her best round ever, and Devan Gaddis, who finished with a 92. The SSHS crew threw out the scores of Stephanie King (97) and Joanna Perry (100).

“I haven’t looked at all the stats, but our putting, specifically, was down,” Sherbondy said. “We putted great today. The course was in great shape and the ball was rolling well on the greens.”

It was an improved effort for the Rail City’s other HDL golf school, Reed. The Raiders’ 384 was their best team total of the fall as well. It marked the first time the Raiders had scored under 400 as a team this season.

Carlee Payne finished with an 88, her lowest individual score of the four fall tourneys, to highlight Reed’s team score.

“I was getting on in regulation and straight drives. I didn’t get stuck in the bushes,” Payne said. “I was really excited. A lot of other girls shot well today too. It was a beautiful day with no wind. The course was in good shape. It was fun.

“My scores have been coming down. I’m really excited because next week’s tournament is at D’Andrea, our home course so hopefully, our whole team will do our best.”

After Payne, Reed’s team total was comprised of Andi Lee’s 98, and the 99s of Abby Oliphant and Amanda Vranken 99. Reed threw out the scores of Maggie Saunders (103) and Kirsten Ashford-Wellman (122).

The HDL’s girls golf teams will compete Tuesday at D’Andrea Golf and Country Club in east Sparks. Tee times will start at 12:15 p.m.
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