Nevada Golf High School
By Joe Morris
The Coronado High School girls’ golf team won a Division-I State Championship
golf title for their first time without standout individual player, they won as a team.
Generally Golf teams at this level rely on one or two very good players to carry the
team. It is rare to have the team depth of this Coronado team. Coronado’s two-day
team total of 339 came in 13 strokes lower than the second place defending champion
After pulling out to of the regional event feeling sick, one of Coronado’s best players
Natalie Yamamoto managed to finish sixth individually at the state tournament held
at Somersett Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada. Freshman Samantha Penor was
5th with a team low score of 166 over two rounds at the very difficult Somersett Club.
Gabrielle DeNunzio placed 10th, Ashley Lung tied for 11th, Isabella Martinez at 15th
and Hailey Moser tied for 23rd place in the 55 player field.
The Coronado Cougars have won three region titles but until the victory this year
had twice come in second to two-time defending champion Spanish Springs. This year
the tables turned and Spanish Springs finished second despite their top player, Katrina
Pendergast, winning the individual title by six strokes.
Prendergast was medalist with a total score of 154 where Alice and Michelle Duan
from Reno’s McQueen High School tied for second place a t160. Green Valley’s Mercedes
Khumnark who won the southern Sunrise Regional tournament placed fourth at 165 in
the state event.
Rewarded with State
Title for Team Effort