Golf claims fifth straight district championship

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By Phil Scherer

With a dominant showing in the District 2-5A golf championships, the Los Alamos High School boys’ golf team claimed a district championship, and four golfers were named All-District performers. 

As a team, the Hilltoppers recorded a score of 315 at the championships, defeating second place Albuquerque Academy by 25 strokes. Española Valley followed in third place with a score of 435, Del Norte came in fourth place with a score of 446 and Capital finished in fifth place with a score of 457. 

This is the fifth consecutive district championship for the Hilltoppers, dating back to 2014.

After struggling a bit the previous two weeks, Henry Poston bounced back in a big way for LAHS, posting the best score at the event with a 74. His score was five strokes better than the second place finisher, his teammate Jacob Benelli, who scored a 79. The teammates were the only golfers to post scores under 80 for the day. 

Hilltoppers Sean Rau and Davis Johnson finished tied for fourth place with scores of 81 to round out the team score for LAHS. 

Since all four golfers finished in the top five at the district championships, they were named All-District performers. The other golfers who received that distinction were Tay Hwang and Neil Parasher, both from Albuquerque Academy. 

The final event of the season for the Hilltoppers is the 5A State Championships, which will be Monday and Tuesday at Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs. Last year, the Hilltoppers finished with a score of 340 at the state championships, good for second place, finishing five strokes behind Artesia. 

This year, the Hilltoppers have had several gofers post qualifying scores for the state championship event. They are: Benelli, Logan Bishop, Brandan Duran, Johnson, Poston and Rau.

For the girls, Leah Mountain and Jessica Osden have also qualified from LAHS.