LAHS golf has strong day at home invite

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By Phil Scherer

More than 100 players and 13 teams came together at the Los Alamos County Golf Course Monday morning for the LAHS Spring Invite, where the Hilltoppers played host and enjoyed great results. 

The boys’ team finished as the overall runner-ups, while the girls were able to boast the event’s overall champion. 

On the boys’ side of the event, Los Lunas High School walked away as the champions, finishing with a team score of 322. LAHS finished four strokes behind in second place, with a team score of 326. Rounding out the top three was Hope Christian, which finished with a team score of 335. 

Other teams that participated in the tournament for the boys were Robertson, St. Michael’s, Capital, Tucumcari, East Mountain, Española Valley, Raton, Taos and West Las Vegas. 

Individually, many Hilltoppers put together solid rounds. Davis Johnson was the team’s top golfer finishing with a score of 77, just six strokes off the leader. Henry Poston and Sean Rau both finished with scores of 81, while Conner Cook finished with a score of 84, Jacob Benelli finished with a score of 87 and Landon Burk finished with a score of 88. 

The overall leader for the boys was Robertson’s Noah Gonzales, who finished with a score of 71. Josh Fambro of Taos was the runner-up with a score of 74 and Los Lunas’ Dylan Gonzales came in third place with a score of 75. 

St. Michael’s was the champion on the girls’ side of the event, finishing with a team score of 395. Taos finished with a score of 401 to finish in second place and Robertson finished with a score of 483, good for third place. 

The other teams that participated but did not have enough girls to post a team score were Española Valley, East Mountain, Hope Christian, Los Alamos, Raton, Santa Fe and Tucumcari. 

Though the Hilltoppers did not have the four golfers necessary to post a team score, the team put together a great round. Jessica Osden was the overall leader at the event with a score of 74. 

Muira Mowrer also had a great round with a score of 98, while Kat Mowrer finished with a score of 105 to round out the day for the Hilltoppers. 

Finishing behind Osden on the overall leader board was St. Michael’s Carissa Padilla, who finished seven strokes back with a score of 81. Finishing in third place was Taos’ Taylor Tomashot, who finished with a score of 84. 

The Hilltoppers have one more meet before the District 2-5A meet at the end of April. Monday, the team will head to Canyon Club to participate in the Shootout in the Desert. 

Following the district championship meet on April 30, the team will participate in the state championships, set for May 7 and 8 in Hobbs.