Spanish Springs totaled a 346 on the Lakes Course at Red Hawk to take an eight-shot lead into today’s final round of the tournament. Carson sits in second place with a 354, while Bishop Manogue is close in third with a 363.
The top two teams will qualify for the state tournament held at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno.
Reno (377) and Douglas (380) round out the top five teams in the standings.
Douglas’ Bethany Wurster took control of the individual medalist race by shooting a 1-over par 73.
Spanish Springs’ Tess Jones tried to keep pace, but her 79 left her in second place six shots back. Cougar teammate Christina Kralich is in a tie for third after carding an 80.
The other scorers for Spanish Springs were Trae Jones (93) and Devan Gaddis (94). Stephanie King’s 95 and Genesee Roberts’ 100 were thrown out.
“We are definitely happy we’re in first, but we can play better,” SSHS golf coach Victor Sherbondy said. “I expect them to work hard to minimize their mistakes tomorrow. Overall I’m pretty happy, but we definitely could play better as a team.”
Reed has not had many bragging opportunities this fall, but the Raiders got a couple of golfers ahead of some of the Cougars on the leaderboard en route to a 384 to land in sixth place as a team.
Reed’s Carlee Payne is in position to qualify for state as an individual. Chipping in for an eagle and being nearly lights out on the back 9 left her with an 86 and in a tie for seventh. More importantly, she would be in line to be one of the top five individuals from non-qualifying schools.
Fellow Raider Jocelyn Motter also finished with a 93, leaving her in a tie for 14th with Trae Jones.
Amanda Vranken added a 101 and Nicole Echeto had a 104 to round out the Blue and Gold’s scoring contingent, contributing to the team’s lowest round of the year.
Abby Oliphant (109) and Andi Lee (120) were the non-counting scores.
“The girls didn’t expect much today. They came out relaxed and played what the course was offering,” Reed golf coach Danielle Fleiner said. “They didn’t try to force things, which is where they can get in trouble.”
The final round starts today at 11:30 a.m. and will be played on the Lakes Course again.