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Douglas depth may bring long-awaited regional birth

by Joey Crandall, Sports Editor

It’s been a while, but Mark Zinke thinks he finally has a team capable of qualifying for zone.

The Douglas High School girls’ golf coach looks at his top five and knows it is a list that stacks up well against the rest of the Northern 4A.

“It’s been about five or six years since we’ve qualified as a team,” Zinke said. “We have a pretty good group at the top of the team and I think we will play well in our division.

“Teams like Reno, Carson and McQueen are very similar to us in that the top two can really play and if the others catch on, they can all be very good.”

Of the eight girls on the Tigers’ roster, four are returning.

Kristina Colyer is expected to lead the group.

“State is the No. 1 priority for her this year,” Zinke said. “I foresee her being one of the top girls in the area.

“She has the ability to play very well. She just hasn’t been able to put it all together yet with the scores.

“We’ll be doing different things this year to try to get her to play better throughout the season.”

Zinke said Colyer may be Douglas’ best shot as getting a qualifier to state, but that Jessie and Jolie Kizer each have an outside chance of getting in.

“It really depends on what each of them do this year,” Zinke said.

Brittany DeLaurentis and Sarah Schonian will round out the Tigers’ top five with Kristin Wyatt the mostly likely candidate for the sixth spot.

“With Jessie, Jolie and Sarah, they’ll all shoot about a 100 to 110, and that’s all you really need to go to zone with the league that we are in.”

Douglas opened its season Thursday at the Northgate Golf Course in Reno and will next travel to Silver Oak Sept. 8.

– Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.