Spanish Springs posted a team total of 344, easily besting the 362 of second-place McQueen at D’Andrea Golf and Country Club. Prior to Tuesday, both Spanish Springs and McQueen had a pair of first-place and a pair of second-place team finishes, leaving them in a deadlock for the HDL points lead.
“We had consistency from our kids today,” Spanish Springs coach Victor Sherbondy said. “The majority of our girls avoided the blow-up hole. They all played consistent, steady golf. When you do that, it keeps you going. We’ve talked all season that whether you have a good or bad hole, you have to stay in the present and we did a good job of that.”
The Cougars were paced by the play of sophomore Trae Jones who took first among all individuals with a score of 80. It was the first medalist honor of the season for Jones.
SSHS freshman Katrina Prendergast tied for second in the field by carding an 85. Sammi Sorensen turned in a score of 89 for the Cougars which gave her a sixth-place finish. The Cougars fourth and final team counting score came from Stephanie King who fired a 90. Spanish Springs did not use the 91 of Devan Gaddis or the 103 of Joanna Perry.
Sherbondy likes his team’s scoring depth. This is the second year of a league format which counts four individuals toward a team total. Prior to last season, schools had to count five. The Cougars veteran coach wishes it were still that way.
“I wish we were still scoring five. We could maybe be state champs,” he said. “Many other teams would have to count a score around 120.
“I like what we’re doing right now because we are doing everything we are supposed to be. We are improving each week, working hard in practice everyday and on the things we need to be, the key areas week in and week out. It’s showing in our weekly tournaments.”
After Spanish Springs and McQueen, Reed was third on the team scores chart with a 395, while Reno was fourth with a 421. The third-place finish was Reed’s best of the fall campaign.
Carlee Payne was Reed’s top individual, finishing her round with a score of 88. Andi Lee had the Raiders’ second-best total, adding a 96. Alex Smith and Amanda Vranken comprised the rest of the Raiders’ scoring contingent with scores of 104 and 107 respectively.
Reed did not count the scores of Haley Kutz (110) and Leighton Lee (119).
“It was a really fun day,” Lee said. “We were all really excited. All of our girls came out and had fun. We knew it was our home course and we felt way comfortable.”
Both Reed and Spanish Springs will compete in the final HDL tournament of the season, next week, at Somersett Golf and Country Club in northwest Reno. The tourney will begin with a shotgun start at 12 p.m.
“We’d like to perform well in our last tournament, and hopefully, if we do, we’ll be High Desert League champions again for the fifth straight year,” Sherbondy said. “That’s a big record there but McQueen will be tough on its home course. We must have a good week of practice and hopefully it will come out as well as today.”
The Northern 4A Regional tournament is the following week, Oct. 10-11 at Empire Ranch Golf Course in Carson City.