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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team finished seventh among the eight teams competing in the Class 4A tournament this week.
The Hilltopper girls team, along with individual qualifier Raul Roybal from the Hilltopper boys team, took part in the 4A championship Monday and Tuesday at the New Mexico State University championship course in Las Cruces.
Los Alamos’ girls finished with a two-day total of 773. After finishing with a team round of 392 Monday, Los Alamos improved 11 strokes Tuesday.
That wasn’t enough to make a serious move up the leaderboard, however. Kirtland Central, which has been a solid program for several years but struggled in the first day, finishing in sixth place, just five strokes ahead of the Hilltoppers, dropped 39 strokes in day two, coming in with a 348.
Deming, the four-time state champ heading in, again successfully defended its title. The Wildcats were never seriously challenged in the tournament, turning in the low round both days to win.
Albuquerque Academy finished as the runner-up, but was 60 strokes back of Deming’s pace.
Los Alamos was paced by Emma Haines, who shot a 95 and a 93 in her two rounds. She finished 23rd overall and was two strokes ahead of teammate Faith Koh, who scored a 95 both days to finish tied for 25th place.
The top individual finisher for the tournament was Darian Zachek of Deming. Zachek dominated the tournament. After taking a 6-stroke lead into day two, Zachek shot a 4-under 68 — the best round, boys or girls, of the tournament — to win by a whopping 17 strokes.
In boys 4A competition, Goddard emerged as the victor in a tight race for the top spot. The Rockets and Artesia’s Bulldogs finished with an identical two-day team score of 627, but the Rockets prevailed in a 1-hole playoff.
St. Pius X as a team finished just two strokes off Goddard’s and Artesia’s pace, while fourth-place finisher Piedra Vista was a mere 12 shots back for 36 holes.
Only six boys teams in 4A qualified for this year’s state tournament.
Individually, Steven Willis of Goddard shot a 2-over 146 to take the individual crown, topping Ben Albin of Academy by one shot.
Roybal, a senior for the Hilltoppers, shot a 93 in the first day and a 92 the second day, finishing in 37th place overall.
Here are the final results from the Class 4A state championship tournament:
Kirtland Central 387-348—735
Los Alamos 392-381—773
Santa Fe 421-415—836
Darian Zachek, Deming 75-68—143
Darmika Frank, Kirtland Central 83-77—160
Brooke Raney, Aztec 81-80—161
Shelby Turner, Deming 82-79—161
Shannelle Tafoya, Bernalillo 84-80—164
Alexis Nelson, Academy 84-83—167
Megan Williams, Academy 82-85—167
Emilee Engelhard, Goddard 83-86—169
Andrea Grijalva, Santa Fe 84-88—172
Linda Cisneros, Deming 85-87—172
Emma Haines, Los Alamos 95-93—188
Faith Koh, Los Alamos 95-95—190
Jennifer Necker, Los Alamos 99-96—195
Aislinn McDonald, Los Alamos 103-97—200
Bri Sanderson, Los Alamos 107-99—206
Goddard 314-313—627 (won playoff)
St. Pius X 312-317—629
Piedra Vista 332-307—639
Kirtland Central 326-343—669
Steven Willis, Goddard 74-72—146
Ben Albin, Academy 69-78—147
Julian Alba, Deming 75-74—149
Caleb Morton, Artesia 75-76—151
Joseph Trujillo, Grants 76-76—152
Joey Tellez, St. Pius 75-78—153
Michael Speck, Artesia 74-79—153
Riley Rahm, Piedra Vista 84-71—155
Tristin Goodwin, Kirtland Central 74-81—155
Patrick McCarthy, St. Pius 78-78—156
Raul Roybal, Los Alamos 93-92—185