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Hope Christian Boys, Socorro Girls Prevail

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Deming Sweeps Class 4A Crowns

This time it’s official. And for keeps.

One year after losing the Class 1A-3A State Boys Golf Championship in the most heartbreaking of fashions, Hope Christian left no doubt this year.

The Huskies, who had won last year’s title — only to see it stripped after one of their players signed an incorrect scorecard — captured this year’s championship at the UNM Championship Golf Course on Tuesday. The Huskies shot a 341 on Monday and 315 on Tuesday for a 656 total in the 36-hole event to beat St. Michael’s by four shots.

Meanwhile, Socorro rolled to the 1-3A girls state championship at UNM. The Warriors were led by Kristen Cline, who also won the individual title. Teammate Shania Berger was runner-up.

CLASS 1A-3A: Flashback to 2011: Hope’s boys were celebrating their one-shot victory over Lovington when officials noticed that the Huskies’ Tanner Davis — who had finished fifth individually — had signed an incorrect scorecard.

His final score was right, but one of his playing opponents, who was keeping Davis’ card, had flip-flopped two scores on individual holes. When the error was noticed, it was Davis and the Huskies who paid the price. Davis was disqualified. A teammate’s score, which was higher, had to be added to the team total. Five members make up a team, and the top four scores count toward each day’s total.

Without Davis’ score, Hope dropped from first to third, two shots behind champion Lovington and one shot behind runner-up St. Michael’s.

“I was really down on myself that I didn’t triple-check the card,” said Davis, a senior who tied freshman Sean Carlon for the team’s low round Tuesday at 77 and finished tied for seventh in the event at 20-over 164.

“It took me a good month or two to quit kicking myself. But it taught me a lesson and gave me a lot more motivation this year.”

Hope senior Grant Storey, who finished tied for fourth individually, said this year’s title “means a lot. It’s vindication for our team. We came back and showed we are the best team. And it was vindication for our coach; he does a great job.”

Jon Lehman has coached the team since 2000. This is his first title.

“We were all broken up pretty bad after last year,” Lehman said. “But it brought the players closer together, and they made it a mission to win state. I can’t tell you how proud of them I am.”

The Huskies played in 10 tournaments this year, including the Albuquerque Metro Championships that featured mostly Class 5A teams, and won every event but one — that coming when they lost by one shot to St. Michael’s when three of the Huskies top five players were away playing in a junior golf event.

St. Michael’s junior Zach Berhost won the individual title 13-over 157, but it was “pretty bittersweet. … I’m really disappointed for my seniors. ”

♦ Socorro won its sixth straight girls title and 17th in school history, trying Goddard for the most ever. Cline, who won the individual title two years ago as a freshman, finished second individually last year to Berger, who is now a sophomore.

Socorro coach Margaret Stanley said a seventh straight title is not out of the question: “We only lose one senior,” she said with a grin.

Bosque School was 56 shots back in second.

CLASS 4A: Belen’s Taylar Jaramillo repeated as state champion with a five-stroke victory over her top rival, Deming’s Darian Zachek. But Deming still had plenty to celebrate — it swept both the boys and girls team championships at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course in Socorro.

Deming’s Dereky Perales, meanwhile, won the individual boys title by two strokes over Albuquerque Academy’s Ben Albin. Perales’ second-round performance on Tuesday of 71 was four shots clear of the next best, St. Pius’ Zeb Montoya-Sanchez, and five better than first-round leader Albin’s 76.

Zeb Montoya-Sanchez and the St. Pius Sartans gave Deming a run on the boys side, shooting a second-round best 317 to finish at 639, six strokes behind.

Deming’s girls finished with a 709 that easily beat Academy (736). Jaramillo’s two-round total of 153 beat the 158 by Zachek, who finished runner-up last year also.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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