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Spanish Springs golfers win first HDL tourney of 2013
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior Katrina Prendergast shot a 75 at Sierra Sage Thursday, turning in the low round of the day.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior Katrina Prendergast shot a 75 at Sierra Sage Thursday, turning in the low round of the day.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Leighton Lee chips out of the sand during her round Tuesday at Reno's Sierra Sage Golf Course.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Leighton Lee chips out of the sand during her round Tuesday at Reno's Sierra Sage Golf Course.
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The 2013 northern Nevada D-I girls golf season got started in fine fashion for defending state champion Spanish Springs Thursday. The Cougars won the first High Desert League tournament of the fall season, besting three other conference rivals at Sierra Sage Golf Course in north Reno.

Spanish Springs turned in a team total of 331 to get by second-place McQueen, the defending state runner-up, which posted a 341 team total. Reno finished third with a 391 while Reed was fourth with a 433. North Valleys and Hug did not field complete teams.

"It was nice to win, for sure," Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. "There was a little bit more separation between us and McQueen than last year. That was nice, but still they were only 10 strokes back. However, last year we wouldn't know much until the last score came in. Today we kind of had an idea that we could get them. But with only a 10-stroke difference, we know we'll have to battle with them all year."

SSHS junior Katrina Prendergast, the two-time defending D-I North champion, showed her mettle in starting a new season. She posted a 75 to take home individual medalist honors. McQueen's Alice Duan settled for second with a 78.

Spanish Springs senior Trae Jones and freshman Jada McAllister carded scores of 80 and 87 respectively to capture third and fifth-place finishes. The fourth and final counting score for Spanish Springs was the 89 of Katrina Weil.

Teams count four scores but can play up to six golfers in the varsity tournaments. Sami Sorensen (91) and Kirstie Settas (98) had the Cougars' fifth and sixth scores, the two that did not count toward the team total.

"It was a rough day for the girls. The wind was howling," Bosco said. "The scores were actually a little inflated but we were happy to be out there. The skies had no smoke, so it was a great day."

The HDL's other Sparks-area school, Reed, put together its 433 after being led by the 95 of senior Angela Vranken. Holli Smith (101), Leighton Lee (108) and Stephanie Haigney (129) made up the remainder of the Raiders' scoring contingent.

Reed did not even field a full team through the first half of last season so RHS coach Danielle Fleiner is happy to be ahead of last year.

"This was an improvement over any of our team totals of last year, so we're excited," she said. "Last year, we started the season with three girls and added a fourth. Then we got to a fifth by late in the fall tournaments. To start off with four, we're excited. This was Stephanie's first 18-hole tournament.

"Unfortunately with the smoke, we haven't had a lot of practice. Today I saw some things I know we can do much better. We have to shake off the cobwebs and get back to the basics. I expect our girls to get better as we get more practices in."

The next HDL tournament is slated for Wednesday at Somersett Golf and Country Club in northwest Reno. It will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

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