Karen and Jill Beglin finished 1-2 for the Carson High girls golf team on Tuesday in the Sierra League Tournament at Toiyabe Golf Course.
Karen shot a 70 and Jill fired a 74. It was Karen’s first low medalist finish of the season as she shot the only round under par.
Manogue edged out Carson by one stroke for first place at Toiyabe on Tuesday, 352-53. Damonte was third, Galena fourth, Douglas fifth, and Wooster had no team score.
Carson and Manogue are now tied for first in the Sierra League overall standings. Karen and Jill Beglin are 1-2 in the Sierra League’s individual standins.
Karen’s 33 on the front nine included four birdies with one bogey.
She started out the back nine with a birdie on 10 and then one on 13, but struggled a little coming in with three straight bogeys to finish with a 37 on the back nine.
“It was an extremely solid round. She had a chance to post a personal best for us, but I was extremely pleased with her ball striking today,” CHS coach Wade Greenlee said.
Jill Beglin also had an impressive front nine, making the turn at 2-under. She couldn’t match that on the back, though, and finished at 2-over.
Greenlee noted that his top two players shaved off 17 strokes from their last match. “It’s rounds like these when I realize how fortunate I am to be their coach.”
Sophia Taggart posted a 103, and it would have been a personal best if not for trouble on No. 5 and No. 16. “She continues to improve and her play off the tee was exceptionally good today. Sophia just needs to get rid of those two or three bad holes that have hindered her from being one of the sub-100 players we need to complement the Beglins. She was 10-over on those two holes, but she’s getting better every week,” said Greenlee.
Counting as the fourth score for Carson was Sarah Wiggins’ 106. “Same thing for Sarah. Three holes played a little better and she’s the other sub-100 girl we need. She’s much straighter now, and her ball flight is so much better than at the beginning of the season.”
Gabby Montes posted another personal best of 107. “Sounds like a broken record, but on two holes, Gabby was 12-over. She’s starting to get those pars and bogeys that were doubles and triples last year, though. She’s eighteen shots better than last year and getting better every week,” said Greenlee.
Kassidy Cooley had a tough day with a round of 123. Greenlee was impressed with her attitude, however. “Golf is a difficult game and today Kassidy struggled from the practice range out to the course. She still kept grinding the whole way. We need her to bounce back and all of the girls rallied around her. I was really proud of them for lifting her up.”
With only two matches left, the Senators are almost assured of postseason play in the Northern 4A regional. The top two teams will then move on from regionals to state play at Dayton. Currently the top three teams in the north region are Carson with a team stroke average of 356, Reno at 360, and Manogue at 363. Carson’s next match is Tuesday, September 25 at Genoa Ranch.