As upsets go, there haven’t been many – maybe any – this school year that matched the shock value of this one.
Sandia sophomore Sophia Zamarripa on Tuesday afternoon knocked off three-time defending state champion Jacque Galloway of Cleveland, claiming the Class 5A girls golf championship with an impressive four-shot triumph at Canyon Club.
“Huge,” one rival coach said of the magnitude of the upset.
Zamarripa and Cibola freshman Aiden Krafft were individual champions Tuesday, along with Cleveland’s girls and Piedra Vista’s boys.
GIRLS: Zamarripa shot the low round both days of the tournament. She added a 73 Tuesday – her most impressive round of the season – to the 77 she had Monday, for a two-day total of 150.
Thus, the highlight of her golfing life.
“I’m just really excited,” she said. “Super, super excited. I worked really hard this season, and this was the outcome.”
Galloway came into the tournament as a heavy favorite. She was undone not so much on Tuesday but in her first-round 79 in which she said nothing about her game was sharp.
“Definitely bittersweet,” Galloway said, battling back tears. “I’m a very emotional person. I know this sting will take a while to get over.”
Galloway’s form was stellar coming into this week. Her last two competitive rounds were 68 and 67.
“I think I took things for granted,” Galloway said. “I came into this tournament really confident, but (Monday) was a nightmare.”
Zamarripa, the first Sandia individual girls golf state champ since 2005, didn’t leave any of her pursuers much of an opening to catch up. She had a relatively quiet round with four bogeys and three birdies.
“My thing was, I just wanted to come out and play two solid rounds of golf,” Zamarripa said. “Whether it put me in a place (to win) or not.”
Cleveland, led by Galloway and especially eighth-grader Avery Sky, edged La Cueva by six shots (682-688) to win the blue trophy. Sky was crucial; she shot 89 Monday, but was 10 shots better Tuesday.
“That feeling you get when you have to do something? I had that feeling,” Sky said.
Galloway, headed to the University of Iowa, texted Sky on Monday night.
“I believe in you,” Galloway said she texted her teammate.
It was the final tournament for Cleveland coach Daniel Woodrow, who is resigning after eight seasons.
BOYS: There is, Krafft said, a sign over his bed that’s been there since before the school year began. In short, the sign talked about his goals for the season. Winning state was on that sign, he said, with a circle underneath.
Krafft was going to put a check mark in that circle as soon as he got home, he said.
Cibola’s unflappable ninth grader was under par both days at Canyon Club (69-71 – 140) as he became the first Cougar to claim an individual state golf title in 25 years.
“It’s surreal,” Krafft said. “It’s pretty cool.”
That sign from last summer was more than wishful thinking, Krafft said.
“I felt like if I trained hard enough, and I practiced hard, it was possible,” he said.
Hitting nearly 90 percent of Canyon Club’s tiny greens certainly didn’t hurt his cause, either, as Krafft’s iron play was tremendous during over 36 holes.
In a field with just four teams, Piedra Vista rolled to a 37-shot victory over La Cueva, led by the Diehl brothers – Tyler, who was runner-up to Krafft, three shots back, and Trey, who tied for third. The Panthers won the 6A title last year in Farmington.
Individually, however, Krafft was a Diehl breaker.
“You can’t do anything when he (Krafft) is playing like that,” Tyler Diehl said. He tied for the low score Tuesday, a 2-under 70.
La Cueva’s Austin Brito (tied third) and Manzano’s Roman Romero (sixth) also were All-State by virtue of their top-six finishes.