LA girls take third at Santa Fe golf invite

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team placed third at the Santa Fe High School Invitational Monday.
Los Alamos finished with a score of 425 strokes to take third place at the tournament. Unfortunately, the score wasn’t enough to earn the Hilltoppers a state tournament qualifying leg, meaning the Hilltoppers won’t be represented in the postseason this year.
Also, just missing out on an individual qualifying leg was Emma Haines. Haines shot a 97, two strokes over the qualifying score. It was the third tournament of the season that Haines missed out on a leg by two shots or less.
In the boys competition, the Hilltoppers took fifth place, firing a 384.
Los Alamos’ boys were paced by Johnny Osden and Jin Park, who both finished with scores of 90.
The St. Michael’s Horsemen ran away with the tournament title. The Horsemen shot a team total of 292, a total of just four shots over par for its top-four finishers. Individually, Marty Sanchez and Zach Berhost of St. Mike’s were 3-under for the day as the Horsemen swept the top-five individual spots.
Los Alamos’ teams will compete for the 2-4A title Monday at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. Unlike in previous years, the winning district teams don’t get an automatic bid to the state tournament.
For Los Alamos’ girls, Bri Sanderson had the second-best round of the day with her score of 103. Eighth-grader Faith Koh shot a 112, Emily Stearns shot a 113 and Emily Johnson had a 145.
For the Hilltopper boys, Raul Roybal finished with a score of 99, Alexei Appert had a 105 and Deion Fellers carded a 107.
“We have seen wonderful improvements over the last few weeks and have several players on the brink of breaking through to hit, and beat, state target scores,” Hilltopper head coach Mike Lippiatt said. “We look to have a nice showing at districts and look very forward to next season as this very young team picks up another year of maturity, strength, knowledge and experience.”