Aspen Smokey leads Douglas girls’ golf in season-opener |

Aspen Smokey leads Douglas girls’ golf in season-opener

Staff Reports

Aspen Smokey rebounded from a rough start on Monday and finished her round with a score of 97 to provide a highlight for the Douglas High girls golf team during its season-opening Sierra League match in Reno.

Smokey, a sophomore who is the Tigers’ only returnee from 2016, shot 8 on the first two holes at Sierra Sage Golf Course. She “quickly regained her composure” and played well the rest of the way, according to Douglas coach Stephan Gustafson. Smokey’s score was a high school career best, one shot better than her 98 last year on the Genoa Lakes Ranch Course.

“Aspen played off and on throughout the summer and she has improved greatly from last season,” Gustafson noted. “She wants to average in the 90s this season and would like to break into the 80s.

“She missed a lot of greens and will be dedicating her practices on approach shots,” the coach added.

Sophomore Ashley Long, a newcomer to the program, finished the day at 127.

“She started seriously playing golf this summer with her dad,” Gustafson noted. “She struggled with putting throughout the round and realized that walking 18 holes is tough, especially in the heat. I’m proud of her first match. This set a good benchmark and she will continue to improve each week.”

Smokey and Long were the only two players in the Douglas lineup during the six-team match.

Bishop Manogue finished as the top team with a 377 total, while Wooster edged Carson for second-place, 409-421. Carson freshman Karen Beglin earned medalist honors with her 5-over par 77.

The Tigers play again next Wednesday in a league match hosted by Manogue at The Club at ArrowCreek in Reno.