Girls golf: LA finishes its fall season, takes 2nd at Jaguar Invite

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team wrapped up its 2010 fall season with a second-place finish at Santa Fe Monday.
The Hilltoppers picked up their runner-up finish at the Jaguar Invitational Monday. The tournament was held at Santa Fe Country Club. The Hilltoppers shot a team score of 377.
Los Alamos, which qualified for the Class AAAA state tournament this spring, picked up another state leg Monday. The more legs a team has, the more favorable a tee time the team receives at the state championship.
The fall season was one of the best in recent history for Los Alamos, which also had three of its players qualify for state as individuals as well — Miranda Olinger, Taylor Engleman and Shelby Fellows.
Monday, Olinger finished third overall with her round of 85.
Mike Lippiatt, who took over the head coaching job for Los Alamos just a few weeks prior to the start of the 2010 season, said he’s hoping the best is yet to come for his team.
“It is with pleasure and excitement that I say we have had an incredibly successful fall season,” Lippiatt said. “(We have) become a force to reckon with in New Mexico AAAA golf.”
Lippiatt said he hopes the team will keep working on its game as much as possible during the winter to cut strokes off prior to the spring 2011 season, which will start sometime in March, assuming the weather is conducive to play.