When all six golfers and teammates finish in the top eight individually of any team tournament, the outcome will be pretty good for that team. Such was the case for the Coronado High girls golf team that captured their sixth Nevada State High School 5A title in eight years. The Cougars Bryn Kort earned the individual title. –By Brian Hurlburt
Coronado breezed to the state victory by 34 shots over runner up Bishop Gorman at Toiyabe Golf Club in Northern Nevada. Clark High was third.
Individually, Kort finished at a stunning 12-under par to win by 10 shots over teammate Joanne Lee. Coronado’s Ali Mulhall was third following by Gorman’s Zoe Parker. Lilly DeNunzio, another Coronago golfer who won the Southern Region zone tournament a week earlier, finished fifth. Gorman teammates Dakota Tallent and Kately Lee finished sixth and seventh respectively and Coronado’s Hayoung Lee and Ariya Soldwisch finished tied for eighth with Arbor View’s Sophia Gambini and Gorman’s Samantha Harris.
Coronado’s state victory followed the team 5A region championship at Mountain Falls in Mesquite when the team finished at a total of 30-under par. Head Coach Joe Sawaii once again led the Cougars.
“The first thing that comes to mind when winning an individual in a team state championship is hard work pays off,” Kort said. “I feel like the girls and I really came together as a team this year and we set goals for each other and I feel like that was a key factor to our success. We’re not only teammates, we’re really good friends and I feel like that makes a huge difference. And, of course, our coaches were a huge part of our success this year. They gave us all the resources we needed to make sure we were motivated to win, not only for ourselves, but for our teammates. Go Cougars.”