The two days at the 4A state girls golf tournament treated Spanish Springs’ Jada McAlister very differently.
On Monday, McAlister battled the elements and found herself in 18th place following a 15-over 87 at Carson’s Eagle Valley. On Tuesday, the weather cleared up. So did her game.
McAlister fired an even-par 72 (tied for the third lowest round of the tournament) to finish alone in sixth place out of 51 qualifiers. It was the highest finish by a Northern Nevada golfer. She carded three birdies, including one on the par three seventh, and three bogeys.
Her teammate, Emma Gilmore, started the day in tie for fourth after shooting an 80 on Monday. She turned in an 81 on Tuesday to finish tied for ninth.
As a team, Spanish Springs took fifth place (out of six). The Cougars shot a 355 on Tuesday following Monday’s 379 for a two-day score of 734. Green Valley finished sixth with an 828.
Coronado ran away with its third-straight state title. The Cougars shot a 298 on Tuesday, just 10 over par. Bishop Gorman (678) took second, 63 strokes back of Coronado. Palo Verde (699) finished third in front of Reno (706).
The rest of Spanish Springs’ score was made up of Katie Gilbertson (105-98—203), who finished 32nd, and Ciara Hornbarger (107-104—211), who finished 39th.
Reed’s Katlin Fleiner qualified for the state tournament as individual and earned a share of 18th place. Only four from the 4A North finished higher.
Fleiner backed up Monday’s 87 with an 84 on Tuesday.
Coronado’s Victoria Estrada won the individual state title by five strokes. She shot a three-over 75 in the first round and a one-under 71 on Tuesday.