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Spanish Springs girls golfers claim yet another HDL tournament
by Nathan Shoup
Sep 23, 2013 | 1421 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Denae Padilla chips off the fairway toward the green during her round on the Red Hawk Hills Course Monday afternoon.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Denae Padilla chips off the fairway toward the green during her round on the Red Hawk Hills Course Monday afternoon.
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Last year McQueen topped Spanish Springs at the Cougars' home course, the Resort at Red Hawk, and it proved to be the difference as McQueen claimed the High Desert League title. But that was last year.

The Cougars shot a 322 Monday on their home course to win their third HDL tournament of the season. McQueen shot a 340. A win next week would secure a league title for Spanish Springs, which would have clinched the league title Monday if not for the disqualification of two players at a tournament earlier in the season, resulting in a second-place finish.

"I think they know in order to obtain the first step in our goals, to win a league title, they had to win today," coach Mike Bosco said. "(They were) excited to play here because they are familiar with the course. But I think they took care of business."

Katrina Prendergast shot an 81 and for the first time this season did not bring home medalist honors.

"Katrina had a not-so-great day and still shot an 81, which is pretty gosh darn good," Bosco said.

The medalist honors instead went to a Cougars teammate, Sam Sorensen, who shot a 77. She was the lone golfer to break 80. Trae Jones was the closest to breaking the barrier with an 80 and Jada McCallister shot an 84 to round out the Cougars' scores.

The HDL tournament circuit heads to Washoe Golf Course next Wednesday where Spanish Springs will have its first swing at claiming the league crown. And Bosco feels good about his teams chances.

"There are going to be some low numbers I think at Washoe," Bosco said. "That course is wide open. I mean girls can hit it right, left, so I think there is going to be some low numbers. I am hoping for a good day."

•One week removed from a tournament at WildCreek that had Reed coach Danielle Fleiner and her girls fired up, the fire went out.

The Raiders finished fourth in the four-team tournament with a score of 437. Behind Spanish Springs and McQueen, Reno took third with a 397.

Reed topped Reno last week, shooting a 415 while Reno finished with a 426.

In the past, the tournament at Red Hawk was played on the Lakes half of the course. It was played on the Hills half this year.

"They came in thinking that it was just going to be a little variation to it and it's a big difference," Fleiner said. "The layout of the course is a little bit long and I think they can get themselves in a little bit of trouble.

"Last week they had these lower scores, where they should be, but today they came and they expected that and didn't just go with it shot by shot. So they started getting in their heads."

Angela Vranken was the lone Raider to finish in double digits with a 99. Leighton Lee (105), Holli Smith (111) and Stephanie Haigney (122) were the other top scorers for the Raiders.
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