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LAHS golf continues strong start

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Boys win tournament, while two girls earn state qualifying legs

By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos High School golf teams headed to Albuquerque this week, looking to build momentum after strong performances in Grants at their previous competition.

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Both teams walked away with positives, as the boys won the tournament, and the girls had two competitors earn state qualifying scores.

This was the best event of the season so far for the boys golf team, which claimed the team title and had the top two individual competitors at the Valley and Cibola Invitational, held at the Ladera Golf Course.

Henry Poston was the indivudal leader in the clubhouse, shooting a 73, while his teammate Jacob Benelli finished right behind him with a score of 74.

The scores for LAHS’ other golfers were highly impressive, as Davis Johnson finished with a score of 77, as did Logan Bishop. Sean Rau finished right behind them with a score of 78, while Brandan Duran finished with an 81.

The boys won the tournament quite easily, finishing with an overall score of 301. Second-place finisher La Cueva High School finished 21 strokes back with a score of 322, and third-place Albuquerque Academy finished with a score of 336.

For the girls, Jessica Osden claimed her third state qualifying leg of the season, automatically qualifying her for the state tournament in Hobbs next May. She finished her round with a score of 80.

Leah Mountain earned her second state qualifying leg with a score of 86. She needs one more qualifying leg to join Osden at the state tournament.

Muira Mowden was the only other girl to earn a score of the girls, finishing with a 108.

Kat Mowrer competed, but had to be disqualified for not replacing her ball marker on the green. During her round, she moved her ball for a fellow competitor, whose putting line went over her marker. She then forgot to put her marker back after the other golfer took her shot.

Once Mowrer played the next hole, she could no longer go back and correct her error, earning a disqualification.

The golf teams will now prepare for a return trip to Albuquerque, where both teams will compete in the La Cueva/Highland Invitational at the Arroyo del Oso Golf Course on Monday at 8 a.m.