Only four shots separate the top three teams of the Class 5A boys golf state tournament.
Hobbs (26-over 314) took the first-round lead Monday afternoon at New Mexico Tech Golf Course in Socorro. Cleveland is two shots back, and La Cueva sits only four shots behind the Eagles.
Las Cruces High’s Davis Chung opened his state title defense with a 1-under round of 71, which leads the field. Hobbs’ Ryan Hawkins shot 72, and Cleveland’s Paul Montoya is third after a 74.
The 5A girls standings are equally compacted. Last year’s winner, La Cueva, has a two-shot edge on Hobbs, and a seven-shot lead on Las Cruces.
Cleveland sophomore Dominique Galloway, looking to repeat, shot 74 and leads Salem Ortiz of Hobbs by five shots entering today’s final round. Alex Darwin of La Cueva (84) is tied for third.
Senior Ben Albin of Albuquerque Academy opened this year’s event t the UNM Championship Course with a solid even-par 72, and shares the lead with Kirtland Central’s Tristin Goodwin.
The Chargers lead St. Pius by four shots in the team standings, 317-321.
Deming’s girls, the five-time defending champion, have the first-round lead.
Deming shot a 331, with Albuquerque Academy 13 strokes behind. No one else was within 50 shots of Deming.
The individual race also appears to be a two-person chase, with Wildcat teammates Darian Zachek (the defending champion) and Shelby Turner tied for the lead at 74. It’s another 10 shots back to third-place Katie Allen of Academy.
After the opening 18 of this year’s tournament at the New Mexico State University course in Las Cruces, Hope Christian’s boys and Bosque School’s girls are setting the pace.
Led by Sean Carlon’s 2-under 70, the Huskies, the two-time defending state champions, shot a team score of 316. They are seven shots clear of second-place Socorro.
Carlon, the 2013 champion, owns a seven-shot lead over Isaac Alderete of Sandia Prep.
Socorro’s girls have won seven consecutive state titles, and trail leader Bosque by two strokes.
Sarah Greene led the Bobcats with a 75; they shot 340 as a team.
The individual leader is Socorro’s Shania Berger, with an even-par 72. Greene is in second, with Sandia Prep’s Klara Castillo (77) in third.