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ArrowCreek presents challenge

The Golf Club at ArrowCreek in Reno presented a formidable challenge on Wednesday during Sierra League girls golf match play.

"ArrowCreek got the best of us," Douglas coach Stephen Gustafson explained after the Tigers finished fourth with a season-high 442 during the six-team match. "It is a very tough course surrounded by heavy sagebrush. Every team struggled this week."

League-leading Bishop Manogue captured first-place with its 385 score, while Galena finished second at 413 and Wooster finished third at 425.

He added that this was the first time most team members had ever played all 18 holes at ArrowCreek. Last season, the tournament at ArrowCreek was suspended after nine holes due to smoke that resulted in air quality concerns.

Seniors Emma Sperry shot 94 and Mari Pimental 97 to crack the top 10 on the individual leaderboard. Pimental parred three of the five par-4 holes while Sperry birdied the challenging 138-yard 15h hole.

Amanda Davidson shot 123 and Hunter Langford 128 to round out the team scoring. Sydney Cotton shot a non-scoring 141.

"In order to prepare us for regionals, we have started to lengthen the golf courses significantly," Gustafson noted. "ArrowCreek played almost 250 yards longer than in previous years. We made a lot of mistakes. We learn from our mistakes, and will put this one behind us. Fortunately, we are considering this a practice round, when Manogue hosts at ArrowCreek in two weeks."