LAHS boy's golf finishes second in tough field at Grants

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By Phil Scherer

In the second tournament of the year, the Los Alamos High School boy’s golf team showed great progress, finishing in second place at the Grants High School Invitational.

The tournament featured a matchup of three of the top teams in the state: Los Alamos, Cleveland and Piedra Vista.

LAHS finished with a score of 306, finishing two shots ahead of Cleveland and 17 shots behind Piedra Vista, which finished with a team score of 289.

“I have not seen a score like 289 in my time coaching in New Mexico,” said Los Alamos head coach Andy Ainsworth. “Hats off to the Piedra Vista team for putting together a fantastic round of golf.”

Overall, Ainsworth said that his team was “much improved” in the second tournament of the year, especially considering the challenging conditions at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course.

The top competitor for Los Alamos was Henry Poston, who shot a 72, finishing just one stroke above par. Ainsworth said that Poston had a “great round in the wind.”

All of the Hilltoppers shot well in the event. Logan Bishop shot a 76. Jacob Benelli shot a 77. Brandan Duran shot a 78. Sean Rau shot an 81. Davis Johnson shot an 86.

“It was a great competition for our kids,” Ainsworth said.

Though he was pleased with the overall performance, Ainsworth did say his team has a few things to still work on to become as good as they are capable of being.

“We are still losing some shots around the greens,” Ainsworth said. “Poor chipping and missed short putts hurt us on the day. As soon as our short game improves, you will see Los Alamos begin to shoot some really low scores.”

The team will next compete Tuesday in Albuquerque at the APS Invite, which will take place at the Ladera Golf Course.

The competition is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.