Golf: LA takes 3rd, 5th at its spring invite

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By The Staff

A pair of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rivals won the Los Alamos Spring Invitational golf tournament Monday.
Monday’s tournament, the only home appearance by Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers during the spring 2011 regular season, was held at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament consisted of nine boys teams and four girls teams.
The Bernalillo Spartans held off a crowded field at the top of the boys competition, earning a team score of 346. In all, six teams, including Los Alamos, were within 13 shots of the team title. Bosque, which finished as the team runner-up, was just one shot behind Bernalillo while third-place finisher Santa Fe was just three shots back of the team lead.
In the girls competition, Santa Fe topped Las Vegas Robertson by five shots to take that team title. Los Alamos was 18 strokes off the pace, finishing third.
Individually, Bosque’s Emily Ellis had the best round of the day, carding an 87, nipping Santa Fe’s Allie Fullerton by two shots. Tucumcari’s Gabe Montoya had a 74 to finish with the low round in the boys tournament.
Scores Monday were nothing to write home about. Only three boys broke 80 while just two girls broke 90. Only one team, Robertson’s girls, was able to capture a state tournament qualifying leg.
Los Alamos’ girls weren’t able to bounce back from a rough outing the week before. Los Alamos limped home at the two-day Ruidoso Invitational, but again struggled Monday.
Only Hilltopper Shelby Fellows, who finished fourth with a 90, cracked the top 10 on the leaderboard. No other Hilltopper managed better than a 103.
The course conditions Monday were among the roughest they’ve been in many years for a Hilltopper spring tournament. Many fairways had unwelcoming holes and clumps of grass, while the course’s greens ran the gamut from dry and lightning fast to pokey, with virtually all of them bumpy and hard to read.
Fellows played in the same group with Ellis and actually played a stroke better than Ellis on the front side, parring four holes. On the back, Fellows ran into some trouble on 14 and 16 as Ellis pulled ahead.
Ellis had a consistent round, avoiding big numbers and going 43-44.
Los Alamos’ No. 1 player, Miranda Olinger, who had a rough going at Ruidoso, due in no small part to an allergic reaction to seafood she ate the night before the tournament began, had a good showing tee-to-green. Unfortunately, her short game abandoned her on several holes. She finished with a 103.
The Hilltopper girls have already qualified for the 2011 state Class 4A tournament, but are hoping to get back to their fall 2010 form in the final two weeks before state.
Los Alamos’ boys, meanwhile, have not qualified for state to this point and will have to wait until the district tournament — which they host May 2 — to get their chance to get in.
To do so, however, the Hilltoppers will have to hold off both Bernalillo, the three-time defending 2-4A champ, and district newcomer Santa Fe, which had its strong third-place finish Monday.
The Hilltoppers were once again paced by senior Thomas Herrera. Herrera, who had 39 putts in Monday’s round, finished with an 81, placing him fifth overall.
Behind Herrera was Jin Park, who is having a strong spring season. Park, the No. 3 player for the Hilltoppers, earned back-to-back birdies on holes seven and eight.
Park finished with 39 on the front, but couldn’t keep his momentum going on the back side, shooting a 48.
In his win, Montoya was one of the few players on the day who had a decent showing on the back nine, carding a 38 after playing even on the front.



Team scores
1. Santa Fe, 400; 2. Las Vegas Robertson, 405; 3. Los Alamos 418; 4. Raton, 444.

Individual results
Emily Ellis, Bosque, 87
Allie Fullerton, Santa Fe, 89
Megan Holland, Raton, 90
Shelby Fellows, Los Alamos, 90
Jamie Allen, Las Vegas Robertson, 94
Andrea Grijalva, Santa Fe, 95
Jody Quintana, Las Vegas Robertson, 98
Shannon Lopez, Las Vegas Roberson, 98
Shannelle Tafoya, Bernalillo, 102
Robyn West, Santa Fe, 102

Miranda Olinger, Los Alamos, 103
Morgan Vaughn, Los Alamos, 107
Emma Haines, Los Alamos, 118
Bri Sanderson, Los Alamos, 126
Emily Stearns, Los Alamos, 119


Team scores
1. Bernalillo, 346; 2. Bosque, 347; 3. Santa Fe, 349; 4. Raton, 352; 5. Los Alamos, 356; 6. Los Lunas, 359; 7. Moriarty, 375; 8. Las Vegas Robertson, 397; 9. Capital, 438.

Individual results
Gabe Montoya, Tucumcari, 74
Gavin Gutierrez, Los Lunas, 77
Victor Grijalva, Santa Fe, 78
Manny Sandoval, Moriarty, 80
Thomas Herrera, Los Alamos, 81
Ryan Salazar, Bosque, 81
Joe Apache, Raton, 82
Pat Herrera, Bernalillo, 83
Kevin Fissel, Raton, 83
Adam Amestoy, Bosque, 85
Brett Bastien, Capital, 85
Eric Aragon, Los Lunas, 85

Jin Park, Los Alamos, 87
Jonnie Osden, Los Alamos, 90
Tim Branch, Los Alamos, 98
Tanner Vaughn, Los Alamos, 102