HOBBS — This, from St. Pius X girls golf coach Chris Moya, said it all:
“No drama whatsoever,” he said.
After two difficult losses to Artesia in each of the last two years, the Sartans finally broke through with the program’s first-ever championship, as St. Pius cruised to a 23-shot victory Tuesday in the Class 5A state tournament at Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs.
St. Pius led Artesia by two shots when the day began, but put together a stellar team round of 327 to pull away.
“We tore it up,” St. Pius senior Ashlee Garrett said with a laugh. “We were just more confident and ready, and we were motivated to do it.”
Josey Jackson of Artesia won a three-player, three-hole playoff for medalist honors. She, teammate Taysea Powell and Garrett all tied at 156, 14-over par. Jackson went 1-under in the three hole aggregate playoff, the other two went 1 over.
Garrett, the defending state champion, shot 74 Tuesday, which was the best score of the day by five shots.
n On the boys’ side, St. Pius junior Aidan Thomas fired a 4-under 68 Tuesday, finished at 5-under for the tournament and cruised to an eight-shot victory.
His round was jump-started by an eagle at the par-5 fifth.
“I played my best round in a long time,” Thomas said. “I can’t tell you how happy I am.”
Los Alamos beat Albuquerque Academy by 19 shots for the team title.
Click here for team and individual results from Class 5A boys and girls.