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by Dan Eckles
Oct 06, 2010 | 768 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Tess Jones (above) watches a tee shot sail away at WildCreek. Jones won the tournament with an 83.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Tess Jones (above) watches a tee shot sail away at WildCreek. Jones won the tournament with an 83.
Northern Nevada high school golfers could not have asked for better weather for their fall season. Mother Nature has smiled on the region’s girls golf teams with warm, sunny conditions through each of the first five weeks of the season.

That changed Wednesday as gray skies and wet, breezy conditions reared their head for the first time on a tournament date. However, while the weather changed, the results did not. Spanish Springs capped its perfect regular season by winning the High Desert League's sixth and final regular season tournament. The Cougars had won the first five as well.

The six tournament victories ensured Spanish Springs its fourth straight HDL championship.

“That's a pretty cool accomplishment,” Spanish Springs girls golf coach Victor Sherbondy said. “And it's due to a lot of things, great community support, great parent support and great support from our home course of RedHawk. I think I've developed a pretty good program that our girls have bought into. We've just built a strong tradition of being successful.”

The final HDL tournament was hosted by WildCreek Golf Course Wednesday. Spanish Springs won the event with a team total of 362. The mark was 36 strokes better than Reno and McQueen, who both turned in totals of 398. Reno won the tiebreaker to finish second and leave McQueen to settle for third. Reed was fourth with a 427.

Spanish Springs senior Tess Jones outclassed the field, carding a round of 83 to take home the individual medalist honors. McQueen's Kelsey Roberts was second with an 86.

“That was very impressive for Tess,” Sherbondy said. “It's a great way to finish the regular season as a senior. Still, she definitely could've gone lower, which is impressive considering she won by 3 strokes. She recovered well all day. For instance, on 18, she parred the hole even after putting a ball in water. She's playing some of her best golf when it matters most.”

A pair of Spanish Springs golfers finished in a tie for third. Senior Christina Kralich and junior Devan Gaddis made up that duo, both finishing with 89s on their scorecards. The Cougars’ fourth and final score to count toward its team total was the 101 of Stephanie King.

Spanish Springs did not count the scores of Trae Jones and Genesee Roberts, who totaled 103 and 107 respectively.

“Overall, our team score was definitely high but I think the weather conditions were tough,” Sherbondy said. “It was wet and it was cold. The girls haven't really experienced that this season and I think that attributed to the high scores.

“Christina, one of our better players, could just never get it going. She had a number of chances and couldn't get it going. She just had an off day. That's the nature of golf. You can't always bring your 'A' game.”

The Cougars now gear up for the North Region Championships which will be held Monday and Tuesday on the SSHS squad's home course of RedHawk.

“We're definitely a very good team and we still don't feel like we've peaked yet. We're hoping that happens Monday and Tuesday. We're hoping to play our best golf at regionals. We've done of a lot prepare for that,” Sherbondy said.

For Reed, Carlee Payne turned in a score of 99 to lead the Raiders' scoring contingent. Jocelyn Motter was next for the RHS club, posting a 101. Andi Lee (111) and Nicole Echeto (116) also had counting scores for Reed.

Reed's non-counting scores came from Abby Oliphant (116) and Maggie Saunders (131).

The Raiders, by finishing fourth in the HDL's overall standings, earn a berth to the regional tournament as well.

“We're excited to go to regionals,” Reed's Echeto said. “We'll get in a couple strong days of practice, play the course (RedHawk) on the weekend and go in strong. It should be fun.”

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