Another year has brought yet another state tournament berth for the Cougars.
Spanish Springs has qualified for state every year at least since 2010 and is going once again after finishing second in the 4A North regional tournament that wrapped up Wednesday afternoon at Washoe Golf Course. The first round was held Tuesday at Genoa Lakes.
Reno won the team title with a score of 686. It was the Huskies’ first tournament win of the year. Spanish Springs, which finished with a team score of 706, won four of the five High Desert League tournaments to grab the league crown. McQueen won the other.
The Lancers (725) took third in the regional tournament and missed out on the trip to state. Only the top two teams get a berth. Bishop Manogue (757) finished fourth, Wooster (807) took fifth and Damonte Ranch (880) claimed sixth.
Reno’s Abbi Fleiner held off Spanish Springs’ Emma Gilmore to win the individual regional title. Fleiner shot on 80 in the first round at Genoa Lakes on Tuesday and followed that up with a 76 on Wednesday at Washoe. Her two-day total of 156 (+9) was one stroke better than Gilmore’s 157.
Jada McAlister finished with a two-day score of 160 (81-79) for the Cougs to finish fifth overall. Ciara Hornbarger (98-96—194) and Katie Gilbertson (98-97—195) rounded out Spanish Springs’ team card.
Reed’s Kaitlin Fleiner fired an 81 on Tuesday and an 85 on Wednesday to finish seventh overall with a score of 166. She qualified for state as an individual by virtue of grabbing one of the top five finishes by a golfer not on a qualifying team (Reno or Spanish Springs).
Wooster’s Jessica Stanton (79-80—159), McQueen’s Megan Gaskill (75-84—159), McQueen’s Abbi Barry (83-90—173) and Bishop Manogue’s Kallie Grady (86-96—192) grabbed the other individual qualifying spots.
The state tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday at Eagle Valley in Carson.
Spanish Springs won back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013 before taking second in 2014 and fourth last year.