“I think the kids are excited (to win the league title), but our expectations are so high, that we’ve got higher goals than this,” SSHS girls golf coach Victor Sherbondy said.
The Cougars, who have finished no lower than second in the previous five HDL tournaments, would have had to finish fifth Tuesday to miss out on winning the league title.
Tess Jones finished with a score of 88 to lead Spanish Springs. She double bogeyed the 18th hole at the east Sparks course. A par would have given her a tie for individual medalist honors. That trophy went to McQueen’s Kelsey Roberts, who carded an 86. The 88 left Jones in third place overall.
Despite the frustrating finish, the 88 was still an improvement for Jones, who had been posting the Cougars third best scores in recent weeks.
Brittany Best and Devan Gaddis turned in scores of 91 and 93 for Spanish Springs. Best tied for fourth and Gaddis tied for sixth overall. Senior Rachel Martin, who won the HDL tournament two weeks ago at Washoe, had a rough outing, finishing with a 101.
“It was fun to see that out of Tess,” Sherbondy said. “I think that she was just really solid on fairways and greens.
“It was a very tough day for Rachel. She has a bit of an arm injury. She started out rough and could not get it going. It was just one of those bad days. I don’t expect her to shoot that poorly again. She’s a much better player than that.”
Genesee Roberts (105) and Rochelle Mikkelson (116) had the Cougars non-counting scores.
Reed also turned in a solid performance Tuesday. The Raiders’ 411 team total their lowest of the season and good for fourth in the team standings, tying their best finish.
Raiders senior Lindsey Porter had a stellar round of 87, the best score by an RHS player this fall. It was good for second place on the individual list.
“Everything finally came together for her,” Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. “She has been working on her mental game and she played really relaxed which helped. I’m excited that she’s peaking at the right time. The greens gave a lot of kids trouble today, but she was great there. She had a few one putts.”
Jocelyn Motter (101), Nicole Echeto (109) and Carlee Payne (114) rounded out Reed’s scoring contingent.
While Reed did not not qualify for the upcoming regional tournament as a team, Porter, Motter, Echeto and Payne took four of the HDL’s individual regional berths.
Jessica Wilson (114) and Abby Oliphant (139) made up the Raiders’ non-counting scores Tuesday.
The Spanish Springs and Reed players will get the rest of the week to prepare for regionals. The Northern 4A Championships will be held at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City Monday and Tuesday. Players will compete on the West course Monday and the East course Tuesday.