TRUCKEE – Spring Creek came up with its second straight second-place finish of the season, shooting a 426 on Tuesday.
Spring Creek finished 60 strokes behind first-place Elko, which shot 366 on a challenging Truckee course.
Emalee Ingram led the way for the Lady Spartans with a score of 98, which was good for fifth overall in the tournament.
Elise Thiesen had a solid day and was the second-leading scorer on the team with a 108. Courtney Tournahu was one stroke behind her with a 109. Aintzane Alt rounded out the top four, shooting a 111.
Weather conditions were more friendly to golfers than at the last tournament that ended with competitors being chased off the course by lightning.
Spring Creek head coach Don Smales said it was pretty chilly for the team’s 8 a.m. tee time but the weather improved throughout the round.
“When we got to the course this morning it was really cloudy and foggy. It was pretty cold and damp,” he said. “About halfway through the round it just turned beautiful. It was the nicest weather you could ask for.”
With the fog lifting for the second half of the round and temperatures on the rise, scores began to drop, helping Ingram shoot one of five scores under 100 on the day.
Ingram put together her sub-100 score by keeping the ball on the fairway on a narrow course lined with tall trees to challenge golfers to keep their tee shots straight.
Smales said she played a clean round but did well to get out of trouble when her ball left the fairway.
“She hit the ball far today but she kept most of her tee shots in play,” he said. “She scrambled well today too. She got out of some pretty tough positions.”
Smales went on to say he was impressed with Alt, who shot well despite struggling with her tee shots. Spring Creek’s coaching staff expects her to regain her confidence and shoot even lower scores in the coming weeks.
Ana Carter’s score of 125 did not count toward the team’s total.
Spring Creek’s coaches are pleased with what they have seen from the team early in the season but still want to fine tune some things heading into the Dayton tournament.
Smales said he wants to work with his golfers in different groups on Wednesday, depending on what area of their game they want to focus on.
“On Wednesday we’re going right to work on those things. We’re going to separate them and work on drivers, some are going to work on irons, and a couple will be working on their short game,” he said. “I think we’ll come in to Dayton really strong.”
Dayton’s course will be a challenge for everyone as it is another narrow course that features a lot of water hazards and greens that can be difficult to read.
Smales said his team will need to be careful with its ball placement when it comes to hitting the ball on to the green.
“The fairways are hard, they roll out. And there is a lot of water,” he said. “You can hit what you feel is a good tee shot and as that thing rolls it can roll right off the edge of the fairway and into a water hazard. The best golfers will rise to the top in that one. You don’t get too many lucky bounces on that course.”