You are guaranteed to see autographed Jerry Rice and Steve Young jerseys inside David’s Grill. You are promised to play at one of the nicer golf courses in northern Nevada. And you can nearly be assured you will bump into Sam Sorensen.
A junior golfer on the defending state champion Cougars, Sorensen spends nearly all her time at the course. If she isn’t practicing or competing with the team, she is working at the course. If she isn’t working or doing homework, she is playing with her dad, Dan, on weekends.
“The community around this golf course knows Sammy. All the guys are always asking how Sammy is doing,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. “They all know who she is and are pulling for her. She’s got a lot of people in her corner.”
With the aid of the numerous people in her corner, Sorensen has become one of the strongest and most consistent golfers on the Spanish Springs squad.
Sorensen brought home medalist honors at Red Hawk Monday, shooting a 77 in a High Desert League tournament. It was the first time in her career she finished with the outright low score in an HDL tournament after tying for the low score in a tourney last year.
Still, the soft-spoken junior did not say it was something she has been working toward, or that it was something she was even particularly thrilled about.
“It made me happy. Then the team won, which made me even happier,” Sorensen said. “I didn’t think about it at all until my dad was like ‘oh hey you’ve won,’ and I was like ‘oh, I guess this is kind of an individual thing.’ Okay cool.”
Sorensen’s dad, a member of the Northern Nevada Golf Association, got Sam and her sister into golfing nearly eight years ago. But it wasn’t love at first putt for Sorensen. She said she didn’t become infatuated with the game until she was in seventh grade and watched her older sister go through the Spanish Springs golf program and earn a golf scholarship to Iowa Western Community College.
Since then, Sorensen has developed into a challenge for teammates and competitors to underscore, and outwork.
“She tries to get better every practice and she really does. I think she works out here,” Bosco said. “Instead of coming out and just hitting balls, she works at it and I think that’s part of who she is. She’s got a good work ethic and that’s how she’s gotten to where she is.”
Sorensen said her biggest goal this year is to become more consistent because she doesn’t believe her scores are steady enough. She may be nitpicking. Her coach didn’t exactly echo that sentiment.
“She is just so consistent. I know for a fact the other girls that are paired with her from the other schools, they have a tough time playing with her, because she is so consistent,” Bosco said. “She knows exactly where that ball is going every time.
“As far as consistency goes in girls golf, she’s just about as consistent as you can get … I’m counting on her score to be one of the top four and she knows that.”
Sorensen hopes to follow her sister’s footsteps and play collegiate golf after graduating next spring. She is eyeing UNLV because the school offers a professional golf management course which would allow Sorensen to become a course pro.
She also is looking at a couple Arizona schools which offer similar programs.
“I would love to play college golf,” Sorensen said.
In just his second year at the helm, Bosco admitted he is still figuring out the recruiting process for girls golf but doesn’t believe Sorensen will have a hard time finding a collegiate roster spot. He’s been told that girls need to be able to shoot a 90 or better to play at the next level.
Said Bosco: “I don’t even think it’s a question. I think there is a 100 percent chance she is going to be able to do that.”