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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team is on a roll heading into the Class 4A state tournament, as evidenced by its performance Monday.
The Hilltoppers won a big victory in the District 2-4A championship tournament, played at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. The Hilltoppers shot a 357, which placed them 35 strokes below the pace they needed to earn their fifth leg of the 2013-14 season.
Los Alamos’ girls were paced by Emma Haines. Haines earned the 2-4A individual medalist honors with her round of 84, two shots ahead of teammate and 2-4A runner-up Jennifer Necker.
Both Los Alamos’ girls and boys were in action Monday. The Hilltopper boys also earned the district team title, topping Santa Fe in a first-hole playoff.
Los Alamos and Santa Fe both shot 357s during regulation before Los Alamos prevailed in the playoff.
In the tournament, Los Alamos was paced by Sean Rau. Rau, an eighth grader, finished with a score of 86, which placed him tied for third on the leaderboard.
In the individual competition, Santa Fe’s Cisco Gonzales finished with an 81 and Jacob Fernandez, also of Santa Fe, was second, two shots behind.
Also for Los Alamos’ boys, Matt Frye finished with an 88, followed by Jonathan Osden’s 90, Elliott Clay’s 93 and Noah Marriott’s 101.
On the girls’ side, Faith Koh shot a 91, which was good enough for third place and Emily Johnson finished fifth with her round of 96.
Also Monday, Bri Sanderson had a 98 and Mal Apgar finished with 104.
Los Alamos’ girls will advance to the Class 4A championship meet, which is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the University of New Mexico championship course in Albuquerque.
“These girls and digging in hard and really dialing up the shots when they need to,” said Los Alamos head coach Mike Lippiatt, who was named the 2-4A Coach of the Year Monday. “They are really keeping their heads in the game, playing smart and managing their shots well. It’s so cool to watch.”