Spanish Springs, which finished second to McQueen in the first two High Desert League tournaments this fall, won the next four and in the process staked claim to its fifth straight league title.
“Winning the HDL for the fifth-straight year is a nice accomplishment,” Spanish Springs coach Victor Sherbondy said. “We added a very strong player in Katrina Prendergast after she had missed the first part of the season with an injury. When you add a player of that caliber, it can really improve your scores.”
In addition, Cougars sophomore Trae Jones earned HDL player of the year honors. Jones finished second in the field Tuesday with a score of 86. Her teammate, freshman Katrina Prendergast, took home individual medalist honors Wednesday, besting the field with a score of 85.
“Katrina and Trae were able to minimize their mistakes today, relative to the field,” Sherbondy said. “They didn’t have any blow-up holes and they kept the ball down out of the wind.”
HDL teams count their top four scores toward a team total. Spanish Springs also counted the 101 of Stephanie King and the 105 of Devan Gaddis. The Cougars threw out a 105 by Sammi Sorensen and a 135 by Katrina Weil.
“Somersett is great,” Sherbondy said. “But statistically, it’s the second hardest course we play all year and the conditions today were challenging with the rain and wind. The course was in great shape but the conditions were tough, the toughest we’ve had all year. It felt like our (spring) boys season.”
Spanish Springs has the rest of the week to prepare for the Northern 4A Regional Championships, scheduled for Oct. 10-11 at Carson City’s Empire Ranch Golf Course. The Cougars are the HDL’s top seed into the event. The top two teams from next week’s regional tournament will earn berths into the state tournament, the following week in Las Vegas.
“We’re going to work to improve our short game and mental game, the rest of this week,” Sherbondy said. “We want to do everything we can in this short period to prepare for our biggest tournament of the year.”
The HDL’s other school from Sparks, Reed, also competed Tuesday at Somersett. Reed finished fourth in the team standings, racking up a team total of 455. Carlee Payne was Reed’s low individual with a 105. The rest of Reed’s scoring contingent was comprised of Abby Oliphant (114), Andi Lee (116) and Leighton Lee (120).
The Raiders threw out the 125 of Maggie Saunders and the 132 of Sierra Wurder.
“The girls definitely struggled today,” Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. “The conditions definitely were challenging but not so challenging that we should have scored as high as we did. The girls just kind of didn’t have it. We knew we were locked into fourth as a team and the attitude was just kind of get through the day.
“It will be tough to go any further than regionals as a team, but the girls want to do as well as they can and finish on a high note.”