Alice Duan continued her season-long dominance and, in doing so, helped the McQueen girls golf team win the Northern Division I title.
Duan fired a 69 on Tuesday at Somersett Country Club in northwest Reno, to go with her 73 on Monday at Hidden Valley, for a two-day total of 142, 14 strokes better than second-place Abbi Fleiner, a freshman at Reno, who shot 78 both days for a 156.
Duan, a senior, has won every high school tournament she entered this season.
“I left a few (strokes) out there, but overall, it was a pretty good day,” Duan said.
Next, she’ll try to keep her hot streak going at the Nevada state tournament Oct. 21-22 at Primm Valley Golf Course in Southern Nevada.
Duan said said maturity has helped her golf game. She is now able to put bad shots behind her. Not that there are many.
On Tuesday, she rolled in a 40-foot putt on hole No. 13, from above the cup for a birdie.
“I grew up a lot. I know that my game is where it is, if I miss a shot or make a bogey, I can bring it back no problem,” Duan said. “I’ve gotten a lot of confidence in my swing and my game.”
As a team, McQueen shot 698. Spanish Springs finished second in the team standings at 730 after leading McQueen by three strokes after Monday’s first round. Bishop Manogue was third (741) and Reno finished fourth (749).
Jada McAlister from Spanish Springs finished third at 161 and Jax Sohl from Bishop Manogue was fourth at 164.
McQueen and Spanish Springs teams qualify for the state tournament as well as the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams. In addtion to Fleiner and Sohl, they are Hanna Ludwig, Wooster, 166, Lauren Hickam, Douglas, 173 and Fleiner’s cousin, Kaitlin Fleiner, Reed, 174.
“You need to stay focused and not let the number that you’re about to shoot get in your way,” Duan said.
Although her mental game is sharp, Duan admitted she was nervous Monday night as her high school golf career winds down.
She hopes to play golf in college, preferably in California.
Duan started playing golf at age 5. Her father, Darrel Duan, said she was hard on herself even back then.
“She always wanted to be perfect, always wanted to improve,” he said.
He agreed that Alice has learned to control her emotions and remain calm even in stressful situations on the course.
Duan has never played the Primm golf course, nor has McQueen coach Mark Harbrecht.
McQueen last won the Northern Region in 2012.
Also from McQueen, Megan Gaskill shot 167, Abigail Barry shot 192, Tyler McHenry shot 202 and Jessica Rivera shot 208. Duan is the only senior on the team.
“All the girls worked so hard over the summer and during the regular season, that it just all came together at the right time,” Harbrehct said. “Tremendous improvement over last year.”
In addition to McAlister for Spanish Springs, Emma Gilmore shot 165, Katie Gilbertson shot 199, Ciara Hornbarger shot 2205 and Grace Bartlett shot 217.
Coronado is the defending state champion.
DIVISION I NORTH
Team: McQueen 698; Spanish Springs 730; Bishop Manogue 741; Reno 749; Douglas 770; Wooster 823; Reed 827; Galena 888.
Individual: Duan (McQ) 73-69–142; A.Fleiner (Reno) 78-78–156; McAlister (SS) 81-80–161; Sohl (Man.) 80-84–164; Gilmore (SS) 83-82–165; Ludwig (W) 85-81–166; Gaskill (McQ) 86-81–167; Hickam (D) 82-91–173; K.Fleiner (Reed) 86-88–174; Robertson (Man) 92-83–175.
Sarah Isaacs from West Wendover shot rounds of 94-94 for a 188 to win the Division III girls golf Regional at White Pine Golf Course in Ely.
Incline ran away with the team title shooting an 802. West Wendover was second at 919, Battle Mountain third at 984 and Yerington fourth at 1,177.
Kennedy Cohn of Incline was second at 190 and Kirsten Alton of Wells was third at 193.