Friday, April 30, 2010

Socorro Golf Teams Get Ready For District Tournament

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

The Warriors Finish Second And the Lady Warriors Top The 3A Field.

The Socorro boys golf team placed second in its own 3A Invitational at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course.
Freshman Willie Schaffer received medalist honors with a low score of 74 and earned his fifth individual leg of the year.
The Lovington Wildcats took first place in the team standings with a 315. Socorro came in next with a team score of 322. Mesilla Valley posted a 340. Hot Springs shot a 377 and Ruidoso shot a 381. Socorro gained its sixth team leg of the season.
Coach Russ Moore said, “The boys did very well. I'm very happy with Willie Schaffer. A seventy-four is a great round and being the medalist is a feather in his cap. He's been playing good all year and been doing a great job.”
“Teamwise, they got another leg. They have improved throughout the season, which is what any coach can ask. I think they're peaking at the right time. They will be ready for district next week. There's still room for improvement and I think our best scores are still ahead of us.”
Coming in next to Schaffer was Lovington's Jacob Jameson who shot a 75. Schaffer shot a 39 in the first nine and a 35 in the second and had four birdies for the day.
Ryan Romero posted a 42 in the first nine and came back strong with a 37 in the second nine. He also eaned his fifth individual leg. Rounding out the scoring for the Warriors was Nathan Vega (83), Randall Romero (86), and Joe Carilli (91).
“You also got to tip your hat to Ryan for playing his last regular season tournament at home, said Moore. He fought hard to shoot his 79. He didn't have his best stuff today, but he played well enough.”
“It's going to be a tough decision to try to see who's going to play number one now for our district tournament and our state. So, when it gets to that point, usually I just fall back on a good reliable qualifying round and have a sudden death.”
Socorro will host the 4A-AAA district tournament on Monday, May 3.

Lady Warriors Prep For District

The Socorro girls golf team got ready for Monday’s district tournament by winning the 3A Invitational a tournament April 26.
All the district competition showed up to play the New Mexico Tech course.
Kristen Cline of Socorro was the medalist of the event, shooting an 80. Teammate Shania Berger was second with an 85 and Brittani Webb was next with an 86.
“Each player had specific issues that they wanted to improve on,” Socorro coach Margaret Stanley said. “I think these three are very steady players.”
Mirjana Gacanich shot a 116 and Theresa Chavez had a 128.
“My fourth player (Chavez) struggled with her swing but her putting was good and I was proud of Mirjana of the way she hung in there and finished strong.
“We will be working hard this week working on different issues with each girl. We are all looking forward to District on Monday. The girls are feeling good about their swings and are ready to play.”
Hot Springs and Ruidoso, have full teams while Cobre, Cloudcroft and Mesilla Valley, might have some players that compete individually, Stanley said.

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