With a second tournament team win, Spanish Springs has the inside edge on taking the HDL’s top seed into next month’s regional tournament.
“We’re a little more comfortable now,” Spanish Springs coach Victor Sherbondy said. “We have a two–point lead for the first time, with two tournaments to play. Our focus is on performing well at regionals. The girls are all getting more confident in their abilities. They each know what aspects of their game are lacking and what their strengths are.”
Elko and Reno were second and third respectively, finishing with team totals of 387 and 392.
Spanish Springs, whose 365 was 10 strokes better than its team effort last year in the Washoe tournament, was led by Rachel Martin. The talented senior carded an 86 Tuesday to take home individual medalist honors.
“Definitely my putting was key today,” Martin said. “I hit 29 putts. That really helped me out. I went out Sunday and played Washoe with my dad. I realized the greens were pretty slow. There were a couple shots I left out there. But I can’t be disappointed. It feels pretty good to win.”
Spanish Springs’ Tess Jones and Elko’s Christina Kralich put up scores of 89 and tied for second. Spanish Springs also got a Top 5 finish from senior Brittany Best, who shot a 92 Tuesday.
Teams can play six student-athletes, but must score only four toward their team total. Gennesee Roberts turned in a score of 98 to wrap up the SSHS scoring contingent. Devan Gaddis (99) and Rochelle Mikkelson (110) made up the Cougars' non-counting scores.
“Overall, I felt pretty good. We once again left a lot of strokes out there, which on this course, I feel a little better about, compared to some other courses,” Sherbondy said. “That’s because of the little greens and the distance; 5,900 yards is a long way for these girls.”
Also in contention Tuesday was the east Sparks school, Reed. The Raiders had finished fifth in each of the first three HDL tournaments but were fourth Tuesday at Washoe thanks to their 423 total. The top four team finishers from throughout the regular season earn regional berths. The fourth-place finish Tuesday kept Reed’s hopes alive of still capturing a team regional invitation.
Reed’s Lindsey Porter tied Best for fifth overall, carding a 92 as well. Her Raiders teammate Jocelyn Motter managed a 99 and was one of just 13 girls to post a score lower than triple digits.
Nicole Echeto (114) and Carlee Payne (118) accounted for Reed’s other two counting scores. Jessica Wilson (118) and Abby Oliphant (128) had their scores thrown out.
“All the girls had huge drops in their scores,” Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. “Lindsey was great. She had a couple birdies and pars. She played lights out. Hopefully, our team is peaking at the right time.”
Spanish Springs and Reed will compete again next Wednesday in the fifth of sixth HDL tournaments. Next week’s tourney will be played at Sierra Sage.