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LAHS girl's golf impresses in first win of season

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By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos High School girl’s golf team took a big step forward in its second tournament of the year, winning the Coyote Invitational by four strokes over Cleveland High School with a score of 387.

In addition to finishing in first at the tournament, the team also earned its first team leg for state qualifying, setting them up nicely moving forward.

“It was nice to get that first team leg toward the state tournament,” coach Tim Hammock said. “It’s very beneficial to get rid of that goose egg and give the girls some confidence going into these next two tournaments in Albuquerque.”

The Hilltoppers’ top finisher was Jessica Osden, who shot an 84, which was good for second place overall. The top individual in the tournament was Lexi Gutierrez from Cleveland High School, who shot a 78.

The other Hilltopper golfers had impressive scores as well. Leah Mountain shot a 91, which was good for fifth place overall. Muira Mowrer shot a 103. Kat Mowrer shot a 109. Sydney Allen shot a 114.

"I was very proud of the way Kat and Sydney performed during their first road tournament,” Hammock said. “With the added pressure of a first road tourney and having to play a course we have not seen before, they both played gutsy rounds.”

Both Osden and Mountain scored well enough to qualify for the state tournament as individuals.

Hammock said that although the team made some mistakes during the round, he was proud of the way they stuck with it and earned the win.

“The girls were not striking the ball particularly sharp, and had to deal with some strong winds during the latter part of the round,” Hammock said. “But they were able to scratch out scores good enough to get their first team win of the year.”

The team will have its next chance to continue their improvement on Tuesday at the Cibola/Valley Invite at the Ladera Golf Course. The round will begin at 8 a.m.