However, the Cougars got performances from a pair of players that pulled out something special. Spanish Springs’ usual No. 3 and No. 6 golfers, Sam Sorensen and Kirsti Settas, shot low rounds of the year to lead the Cougars to a first-place finish with a team total of 332.
That was the team’s low score of the season, but it wasn’t enough as McQueen won the tiebreaker that decided the league champion. Both schools won three league tournaments, but the Lancers’ combined score from all the tournaments was much better than the Cougars’ total.
Sorensen led the way for the Purple and Silver with a 79. Katrina Prendergast carded an 83, while Trae Jones had an 85. Settas, who never had a round count toward the team score, finished with a personal-best 85. Two weeks ago at Washoe, Settas carded a 112, so her 85 was an improvement by 27 strokes.
“Sam had a great round. You usually look for your top two golfers to break 80. When your No. 3 golfer shoots a 79, you know things are going well,” SSHS girls golf coach Mike Bosco said.
Joanna Perry’s 92 and Katrina Weil’s 95 didn’t count toward the team score.
McQueen finished the day four strokes behind Spanish Springs with a 336. Reed finished fourth in the team score totals, posting a 434.
Leighton Lee paced Reed’s scoring contingent with a 103. Angela Vranken and Maddie Goins both finished with a score of 109 and Alex Smith carded a 113 to round out the Raiders’ scoring contingent.
Reed threw out its fifth score, a 126 by Taylor Day.
Wednesday’s outing for Spanish Springs was a good sign for next week. The regional tournament, which begins Monday, will also be held at Sierra Sage. Reed will send individuals, including Lee, but will not field a full team at regionals.