Spanish Springs fired a 320 in the first round of the state championships at Bear’s Best in Las Vegas Wednesday and owns a 15-stroke lead over Coronado going into Thursday's second and final round.
“(We) had a pretty good day,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. “The good news is there is room for improvement. Outside of Katrina (Prendergast), all of the girls feel they can shoot lower.”
Prendergast shot a 70 and leads the individual competition by two strokes over Douglas’ Koko Terada. The junior Spanish Springs phenom finished second in the state tournament last year and barely missed turning in a 69 Wednesday after narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th hole.
Bosco wasn’t relaxing after his Cougars opened up a 29-stroke lead going into the second day of the North Region Tournament last week. The feelings are no different going into the second day of the state tournament Thursday.
“(I’m not) relaxing at all,” Bosco said. “I’ve already had a couple coaches tell me it’s in the bag. Thanks, but I don’t want any part of that. I don’t think it’s in the bag by any means. I would rather be up 15, than down 15 though. We’re in a good spot.”
Jada McAllister turned in an 81, Trae Jones shot an 83 and Kirsti Settas fired an 86 to round out the Cougars’ top four scores.
Settas, a senior who was pulled from the regional tournament roster for fellow senior Katrina Weil shot one of her best rounds of the year. Bosco was ecstatic about his senior's day.
“With the girls we have, they usually put up such big numbers we usually don’t use her score,” Bosco said. “I was thrilled to death for her.”
Sammi Sorensen (88) and Emma Gilmore (91) completed the Cougars’ scores.
The second and final day of the state tournament tees off at 10:20 a.m. Thursday.