Thursday, April 1, 2010

Warriors Golf Team Struggles At Seery

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

The 2010 Seery Golf Invitational team winner was St. Michael's High School, who shot 331. The tournament medalist was Lovington's Taylor Arreola, who shot a 77 for the day.
Visiting teams were from Robertson, Los Lunas, Lovington, Bosque, Belen, Hope Christian, St. Michael's, Capitan, Ruidoso, and Valencia.
The Socorro golfers did not take advantage of their own course on this beautiful and sunny day. As a team, they shot 347 and placed 4th in the invite. Freshman Willie Schaffer shot a team-best 84. Ryan Romero was right behind shooting an 86. Zane Lam had an 88. Randall Romero and Joe Carilli both posted an 89.
SHS Coach Russ Moore said, “Today we had excellent weather, one of the best days for scoring this year. Unfortunately, we probably had our worst day of the year as far as playing. We just did not perform as well as we liked to. However, we have seven other tournaments that we can play in and have an opportunity to have three legs.
“I have full faith in my team's ability to come through. Everybody has a bad day. The teams we had here today were probably the best 3A competition that we will play all year long in any tournament. The other teams didn't play as well as they wanted to either. In fact, we only had one team that picked up a leg today and that was St. Michael's and they barely picked up their leg by one stroke.
“It's early in the year and everybody's still a little bit rusty. The kids haven't been able to practice as much they want and they just don't quite have the confidence and trust in their swings right now. That is what is hurting us right now. As we keep on practicing and the weather gets better, I think we're going to come along and go a long way in the month of April.
“We have a week off to reevaluate and practice and try to get our five best players and try to get a leg.”
Behind St. Michael's first place team finish was second place Lovington, who shot a 333. Hope Christian finished in third place with a 336.
Trailing Arreola for medalist honors was St. Michael's Parker Ashton who posted an 81. Third place and fourth place finishers were Hope Christian's Tannon Davis and Austin Lopez who shot 81. Fifth place was taken by Miguel Macias of St. Michael's, who also shot an 81.
This was Lovington's Arreola second medalist win in the last two days. He hopes to keep the streak going.
Arreola said, “It was a good win. I didn't play as well as I wanted to. But I putted really good and that saved me. It's a tough golf course. You got to hit it straight, place the ball well, and got to hit it solid. Fortunately, I played well enough to recover from all that.”
The Socorro JV Team finished with a total of 378. Individual scores were as follows:
Nathan Vega (84), Robert Smith (92), Eric Mitchusson (100), Ray Chavez (102), and Bryan Melanson (109).
Socorro's next tournament will be on April 8th at the Sierra Del Rio Golf Course at the City of Elephant Butte.

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