The top two teams qualified for next week’s state tournament.
The two-day Northern 4A Regionals were held Monday and Tuesday at Eagle Valley Golf Club. Student-athletes played the West Course Monday and East Course Tuesday.
Spanish Springs sat in second place after Monday’s first round but was edged out for the second team spot when High Desert League rival Elko bested the SHS squad by 15 strokes Tuesday.
Bishop Manogue won the tournament with a team total of 659 (340, 319). Elko finished second at 723 (382, 341) and Spanish Springs was third with its 735 (379, 356).
Tuesday’s conditions were far from optimum as players were forced to use umbrellas and find shelter from the gusts and constant downpours whenever they could. Spanish Springs coach Victor Sherbondy said play was much tougher Tuesday despite the lower scores. He attributed Monday’s higher scores to the difference in courses.
“The West course is one of the most challenging in northern Nevada while the East course is one of the most forgiving,” Sherbondy said. “Unfortunately, we finished third. It was almost a carbon copy of last year.”
Manogue senior Alex Phillips took home individual medalist honors after topping the field with a 150 (75, 75). Douglas junior Bethany Wurster put up the best second-round score Tuesday but finished in a tie for second overall, carding a two-day total of 161 (89, 72). Manogue’s McKenzie Sowers also finished at 161 (83, 78).
While the Cougars’ dreams of a state team berth died Tuesday, a pair of Spanish Springs players did qualify for state as individuals. Tess Jones (90, 85-175) and Brittany Best (89, 89-178) won those honors for the Cougars, finishing eighth and 10th overall. The top five individual scores from non-state qualifying teams earned state berths.
Jones will be making her third straight state tourney trip. Jones and Best will play Tuesday and Wednesday at the annual fall event, which will be hosted by Boulder Creek Golf Course in Boulder City, just southeast of Las Vegas.
The rest of the Spanish Springs scores went as follows: Rachel Martin (101, 88-189), Devan Gaddis (99, 96-195), Rochelle Mikkelson (111, 94-205) and Genesee Roberts (135, 104-239). The top four scores each day are counted toward a team’s total.
“We shot our average. We played our ‘C’ game (Tuesday),” Sherbondy said. “On Monday, we played our worst round of the season, probably our D-minus game. You can’t really expect to go to state when you shoot your worst round of the season.”
Spanish Springs and Elko had played in eight tournaments together this fall. This week’s regional tournament was just the second time this fall that Elko had beaten Spanish Springs and the first time since the initial week of the season.
The Rail City’s other 4A school, Reed, did not qualify its girls team but did have four individuals qualify for regionals. The Raiders’ top finisher was senior Lindsey Porter, who finished 21st overall with her 194 (99, 95).
Carlee Payne (112, 97-209), Jocelyn Motter (108, 110-218) and Nicole Echeto (111, 112-223) were Reed’s other three finishers.