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Matt Frye was the top finisher in the season-opening golf tournament for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Monday.
Los Alamos’ boys and girls hosted their home invitational at Los Alamos Golf Course with teams from around the area competing.
In addition to having their first tournament of the fall season, Monday was also the debut of new Los Alamos boys golf coach Andy Ainsworth, who takes over this season for Ann Stewart.
Frye finished the tournament shooting an 86, which was one shot better than teammate Jonnie Osden and two strokes better than Sean Rau.
The Hilltopper boys didn’t earn any state qualifications in their opener — teams and individuals must hit target scores to earn “legs” toward state tournament entry. The Hilltopper team didn’t make the state Class 4A postseason last year and only one individual, then-senior Raul Roybal, earned an invitation to May’s championship.
Los Alamos’ girls did make it to the state tournament, finishing seventh overall.
Monday, the Hilltopper girls finished with a team score of 413. They finished behind Bosque School, which finished with a tournament-best 354, with Sarah Greene shooting a 2-over 74 and Nicole Spence a 5-over 77 to pace all comers.
Rio Rancho finished second in the girls competition with a team score of 365, followed by the Hilltoppers.
To pick up a qualification leg Monday, Los Alamos’ girls would’ve had to shoot a 388 or better and the boys a 319 or better.
Los Alamos’ boys finished with a team total of 362.
Following the top three finishers for the Hilltoppers were Alexei Appert shot a 94. Appert was followed by Wesley Moss (101), Nick Koskelo (102), Elliott Clay (102) and Noah Marriott (102).
Sean Carlon of Hope Christian turned in an even-par round of 72, while his teammate, Cam Zuni, was just one shot off that pace. Eric Frazier of Hope finished in fourth place.
Hope easily topped the other comers at the Los Alamos Invite, earning a team score of 300. Cleveland was second with a 323 and St. Michael’s was third with its 326. Los Alamos finished in fifth, 21 stroke behind fourth-place St. Pius X.