Jada McAlister continued her strong season, and high school golf career, with another win Thursday.
McAlister, a senior at Spanish Springs, fired a 74 at Hidden Valley to capture medalist honors in a High Desert League girls golf tournament. McAlister’s teammate, Emma Gilmore, was second with a 79. Reed sophomore Kaitlin Fleiner was third with an 81.
McAlister said that after a tough start, she felt good and in control Thursday.
“I struggled on the first hole, because I didn’t think the greens would break that much, but I got used to it by the third hole,” McAlister said. “After that first hole, everything kind of smoothed itself out.”
She said Hidden Valley is her favorite course because of its wide fairways and fast greens.
Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said both McAlister and Gilmore are peaking at the right time. McAlister’s 74 is her best score in high school golf. She shot a 73 at a pre-season tournament in Arizona.
Both McAlister and Gilmore started playing golf at age 6. McAlister was shooting in the 70s since her freshman year. Gilmore was in the 90s back then, but has steadily improved.
“Those two together, we wouldn’t be where we’re at unless it was those two carrying us,” Bosco said. “So blessed to have those two, but good to see they’re going to get an opportunity to play after this.
McAlister wants to play college golf in the Southern United States. She said Alabama State is high on her list of schools.
Spanish Springs won the team title with a 355, followed by McQueen at 358.
The regular season concludes Monday with the High Desert League at Somersett and the Sierra League at Sierra Sage. The two-day Regional tournament is Oct. 11 at Genoa Lakes Ranch course and Oct. 12 at Washoe Golf Course.
The state tournament is in Northern Nevada this year, Oct. 17-18 at Eagle Valley West.
High Desert League Tournament
Thursday, at Hidden Valley
Spanish Springs 355: McAlister 74, Gilmore 79, Hornbarger 101, Gilbertson 101, Huff 120, Moore 117.
McQueen 358: Gaskill 88, Barry 83, McHenry 93, Rivera 94, Gray 115.
Reno 374: A.Fleiner 84, McReynolds 96, Mason 95, Gilmore 99, Buma 101, Penberthy 120.
Reed 407: K.Fleiner 81, Horner 97, Grow 102, ortiz 127.
North Valleys: Litz 103, McCusky 131.
1 Jada McAlister 74
2 Emma Gilmore 79
3 Kaitlin Fleiner 81
4 Abby Barry 83
5 Abbi Fleiner 84
6 Megan Gaskill 88
7 Tyler McHenry 93
8 Jessica Rivera 94
9 Charlotte Mason 95
10 Bella McReynolds 96