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Cougars girls golf in postseason form, notch final tournament title
by Tribune Staff
Oct 07, 2013 | 1144 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After clinching the High Desert League title last week, Monday’s tournament at Reno's Lakeridge golf course was nothing more than a regional tune up for Spanish Springs. Consider the Cougars well-oiled and ready to go.

The HDL champs tied their low score of the year (312) and won the fifth of six regular season tournaments. McQueen, the Cougars biggest threat and last year’s HDL champion, fired a 329.

“It was pretty nice to have a low number there,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. “One of the team's goals is to approach 300 and we feel really good about playing so well so close to regionals. I hope it carries over to next week (regional tournament).”

Sam Sorensen locked down medalist honors for the second time this season with a 76. Bosco said her score could have been even lower but she lost a ball in the middle of the fairway on a hole and was unable to find it.

“She’s just playing very well right now,” Bosco said.

Katrina Prendergast and Trae Jones weren’t far behind Sorensen, both shooting a 77. Jada McAllister rounded out the Cougars’ score with an 84.

Spanish Springs will now turn its attention to the regional tournament at Rosewood Lakes golf course next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The top two teams in North earn berths to the state tournament as well as the top five players not on the two qualifying teams.

“I have looked at our score average over the course of the season and the scores of the other side (Sierra League) and I think we have to be favored,” Bosco said. “I feel good about our chances.”

A much younger- and less-experienced Reed squad also finished the regular season on a positive note, turning in a score of 410, its lowest score of the season.

“We are really happy about it,” Reed coach Danielle Fliener said. “There is always room for improvement but the girls were really happy with the scores.”

Leighton Lee, the lone senior for the Raiders, shot a 98 in her final regular season tournament.

“She is definitely by far the most improved,” Fleiner said. “(She) has been a great example and leader for this team.”

Angela Vranken (101), Holli Smith (102) and McKenzie Howren (109) rounded out the Raiders’ scores.

The Raiders compete in the regional tournament next week and Fleiner said her biggest concern is that her girls will focus too much on their opponent. The message to her team will be simple:

“Go with the challenges you're given and the course is your challenger, not the girl next to you.”

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