As the defending state champion and the runaway High Desert League title holder, Spanish Springs is not looking to make friends.
“Our expectation is to win the North Region Tournament,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. “Anything less than that would be a disappointment for our girls. We set a few team goals at the beginning of the year and they want to achieve those goals. The first was the league title, now it’s the regional title.”
The Cougars won all but one HDL tournament this fall after they were forced to settle for second in a September tournament following the disqualification of two scores.
The much-less experienced Reed group is simply look to improve on its game and hope low scores result.
Reed coach Danielle Fleiner has preached all fall her girls’ mindset is their biggest obstacle and hopes that will not be the case this week.
“(I’m telling them) go with the challenges you’re given and the course is your challenger, not the girl next to you,” Fleiner said last week.
With the Cougars’ success this fall, Bosco said he does not have any real concerns heading into the week. The Cougars played a practice round at the hosting golf course last week in preparation.
Even with history, talent and experience on their side, Bosco knows claiming the regional crown is no gimme.
“We can’t just show up and collect the trophy,” Bosco said. “We need to play smart and execute well around the green this week. There are two good teams (McQueen and Bishop Manogue) that would like nothing more than to beat (us).”
The Cougars enter the tournament after firing their lowest score of the year (312), Monday, in the HDL season finale at Lakeridge Golf Course.
The top two teams in the tournament earn berths to the state tournament next week as well as the top five individual finishers who aren’t on a qualifying team.
The two-day tournament tees off at 10 a.m. today.