Koko Terada said her goal was to play for the gold this week at the NIAA Division I State Girls Golf Championship presented by the Farmers Insurance Group in Las Vegas.
And the Douglas High School junior took a good step toward that goal on Wednesday when she shot even-par 72 at the Bear’s Best Golf Club. She stands in second-place, only 2 shots behind Katrina Prendergast in first-place at the tournament’s midway point.
The final round will be played on Thursday at Bear’s Best.
Terada made her turn at 37 and then shot 1-under 35 over the back 9 to complete a solid round over the 5,532-yard layout.
Terada carded bogeys back-to-back on Nos. 6 and 7, however, she put those two holes behind her quickly with a birdie on the par-5 8th hole. She converted birdies on the par-4 11th, par-3 13th and par-4 17th. Her only setback on the back 9 was a bogey-6 on No. 12.
Terada placed third at last year’s state tournament. She finished 9 shots last week behind Prendergrast, who won her third straight Northern Region individual title at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course.
Spanish Springs took the lead in the team standings with its 320, followed by Coronado’s 335 and Bishop Gorman’s 339. Spanish Springs is the defending state team champion.