Girls golf: Olinger paces LA Monday despite painful foot injury

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By Mike Cote

While the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team thinks it has the talent to make some noise during this academic year, it’s going to be a question of mindset.

That’s the Hilltoppers’ mantra as they get going on the 2009 fall season. The team’s fall tour made a stop Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course for the team’s home invitational.

The Hilltoppers finished second in Monday’s tournament which included eight schools but just three full teams. The Hilltoppers finished with 409 shots Monday, placing them behind Las Vegas Robertson.

Robertson placed two players in the top five on its way to earning a solid 395 strokes. Jayme Quintana finished as a runner-up with 91 shots, although she was 12 shots behind medalist Chanet Fiorina of Santa Fe.

For its part Monday, Los Alamos had three players in the top 10 individually. Miranda Olinger, the team’s No. 1 player, had a 92 on the day, good enough for third place on the leaderboard.

Olinger’s finish was a very good one considering she had to limp around the full 18 holes on a foot injury. The severity of the non-golf-related injury hasn’t been diagnosed yet, although there appears to be some tendon damage and possibly even some muscle damage in her left foot.

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