Koko Terada had inkling on Wednesday morning of the type of day she was going to have in the final round of the Division I Northern Region Girls Golf Championship.
“Something just clicked,” the Douglas High School junior said. “From the first ball I hit on the driving range, I knew it was going to be a good day.”
Was it ever! Terada merely went out and shot a career tournament best 1-under par 71 at the city of Reno’s Rosewood Lakes Golf Course to earn a second-place tie on the leader board with a 36-hole total of 154.
The effort was good enough for Terada to punch her ticket to the Division I state tournament this week in Las Vegas. The tournament will be held Wednesday and Thursday on the 5,532-yard, par 72 layout at Bear’s Best Golf Club.
“It’s just an honor to get the opportunity to go down there and compete against the best in the state,” Douglas coach Steve Gustafson said. “She was third last year so she’s looking to do that or better. She has played this course before so she knows she’s capable of putting up good numbers there, which is an advantage.”
Better, if you ask Terada.
“I want to win state,” she said. “I was third last year and I know I can do it. I just need to put two really good rounds together.”
Who are the leading contenders? Start with Spanish Springs junior Katrina Prendergast, who won her third straight Northern Region title by shooting 145 (72-73). Foothill senior Amy Ruelas shot 2-over par 74 on Thursday to earn medalist honors at the Sunrise Region Tournament at Boulder Creek. And Cimarron-Memorial junior Aspen Bryant shot 83 to win the Sunset Region title on Tuesday.
Terada led the field with her 71 on Wednesday as she climbed from sixth-place to tie Trae Jones of Spanish Springs for second-place and secure one of five individual invitations to the state tournament. It was a nice comeback after carding an 83 the day before.
“I knew coming in I would have to play well,” Terada said. “I just took it one shot at a time, and I didn’t have any bad shots.”
One telling statistic about her round on Wednesday was 29 putts — “which is ridiculous,” Terada said, flashing a wide grin.
“It was set up for 36, so that is pretty impressive,” Gustafson said.
Terada, who finished with four birdies on the day, found herself at 3-under after 13 holes.
“It was exciting,” she said. “It was hard to concentrate knowing I was going to come in under par.”
Despite not having its best two days as a team — Douglas finished seventh in the standings — Gustafson described the season as an overall success. The Tigers finished second in the Sierra League during the regular season.
It was a senior-laden team that included Emily Gosselin, Molly Jordan, Rachel Murphey and Carly Talia. Gosselin and Jordan were fourth-year veterans of the program.
“Losing four seniors is going to be tough,” Gustafson said. “This was a fun season. There wasn’t anything that jumped out and said it was a fantastic year, but I’d say it was a great year with a fun group of kids.”