The Cougars finished with a 10-stroke lead after Day 1 of the tournament, totaling a 315. McQueen is in second with a 325. Bishop Manogue sits in third with a 330, while Douglas and Carson round out the Top 5 with a 342 and 343.
SSHS girls golf coach Victor Sherbondy said his team played with a lot of confidence and was very well-prepared, helping minimize the mistakes. The golf course also played short, leading to the low scores across the board.
Four of the six Spanish Springs golfers carded career bests Monday. Katrina Prendergast led the way with a 74, leaving the SSHS freshman in first place in front of a pair of her teammates who are tied for second.
Trae Jones and Sammi Sorensen both shot 76s, while Joanna Perry’s 94 was also a career low, but didn’t count as one of the team’s top four scores. Senior Devan Gaddis finished with an 89 as the Cougars’ final counting score. Senior Stephanie King’s 91 was also dropped, but she’s excited about the chance to win a regional championship in her final year.
“It would mean the world to me,” King said. “My team is my best friends, and just to win it as a team, would be great. We’ve been through everything. This being my last year, that would be the best. To finish with a bang.”
However, the Cougars can’t get ahead of themselves. There’s still the final round today.
“It was great to see the younger part of our team be so successful,” Gaddis said. “We can’t go in thinking we need to protect our 10-stroke lead. We need to go in thinking that we need to fight for the lead and that we’re 20 strokes behind. If we go in thinking that we have it, we will lose.”
The other Rail City squad in action Monday was Reed, but the Raiders settled for a spot in last place as a team. The east Sparks school had some personal bests, but it wasn’t good enough to move up in the team standings.
Carlee Payne turned in the best round for the Blue and Gold, shooting a somewhat disappointing 93. Payne was the best shot Reed had at qualifying an individual for the state tourney.
Andi Lee (94), Abby Oliphant (96) and Haley Kutz (99) rounded out the Raiders’ scoring contingent. Maggie Saunders’ 101 and Amanda Vranken’s 103 were not counted.
Reed coach Danielle Fleiner hopes her seniors can go out with a bang.
“Right now, as individuals and as a team our goal is to put up the best scores we ever have,” Fleiner said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do and hope for the best. That’s all you can ask for, to shoot your best. If it’s good enough, it’s good enough. If it’s not, then that’s OK.”
Galena’s 353 and Reno’s 364 leave them in fifth and sixth place.