Girls golf: LA in eighth place after opening round at state

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By The Staff

Things didn’t start off as the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team had hoped in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

Los Alamos was sitting in eighth-place in team competition following Tuesday’s first round of the tournament, being held at New Mexico Tech Golf Course in Socorro. Today’s second round started at 8 a.m. No information about today’s round was available as of press time.

Heading into the tournament, Los Alamos thought it would have a chance to finish in the top three at state. It will take the Hilltoppers some doing today, however, to have a chance to do that.

The Hilltoppers finished Tuesday’s play with a team score of 400, nearly 50 shots behind the Deming Wildcats.

Deming ran away with the day one honors, shooting a team 352, 23 shots better than Kirtland Central in second place and 25 better than third-place Artesia.

Los Alamos, however, is only 13 shots behind fifth-place Belen, while just five shots separate sixth, seventh and eighth places.

Individually, Hilltopper No. 1 Miranda Olinger shot an 88 Tuesday, placing her within striking distance for a top-three finish individually.

Olinger shot 44s on both the front and back Tuesday. Her day-one score tied her for 12th place overall, but just seven strokes separate the top 12 slots.

Unfortunately, only one other Hilltopper broke triple-digits Tuesday, that being No. 2 Alicia Herrera. Herrera carded a 97, placing her 18th in individual competition.

Olinger, Herrera and Julie Chung (102 after round one) all outpaced Taos’ Carlie Malone, who won the District 2AAAA individual championship Thursday. Malone struggled Tuesday, finishing with a 109.

Domi Dinallo of Piedra Vista and Karissa Speck of Artesia both shot an 81 to top the leaderboard. Dinallo shot a 38 on the front side, but cooled off a little on the back, while Speck started off slow but managed a 38 after the turn Tuesday.

Shelby Fellows finished with a 113 Tuesday, while Morgan Vaughn had a 114 for the Hilltoppers.

In the boys AAAA tournament, heavy team favorite Albuquerque Academy finished with an outstanding team score of 289, placing it well ahead of Roswell, which posted a none-too-shabby 317.

All three top individuals in the boys tournament — Simon Miller, James Lee and Elliot Feng — are all from Academy. Los Alamos’ boys didn’t qualify for the tournament.

District 2AAAA’s lone representative at the state tournament, Bernalillo, shot a 342 Tuesday.

Here are the standings after round one of the girls Class AAAA state tournament. Players are from Los Alamos unless otherwise noted.

Team scores

1. Deming, 352; 2. Kirtland Central, 375; 3. Artesia, 377; 4. Piedra Vista, 381; 5. Belen, 387; 6. Goddard, 395; 7. St. Pius X, 396; 8. Los Alamos, 400; 9. Albuquerque Academy, 458.

Individual scores

Domi Dinallo, Piedra Vista, 38-43—81

Karissa Speck, Artesia, 43-38—81

Arrianna Estrada, Belen, 41-42—83

Cheyenne Molina, Deming, 42-41—83

Faylyn Beyale, Kirtland, 41-42—83

Miranda Olinger 44-44—88

Alicia Herrera 51-46—97

Julie Chung 52-50—102

Shelby Fellows 58-55—113

Morgan Vaughn 61-53—114