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Lady ‘Dog golfers first, ‘Dogs third at Coyote Invite

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The Lady Bulldog golf team earned another decisive victory and the Bulldogs tied for third and secured their spot at state Monday at the Coyote Invitational at Spring River in Roswell.

The Artesia girls, who, despite their youthfulness, have quickly established themselves as a dominant force in Class 5A this season, took the tournament with a team score of 343, 25 shots under second-place Goddard (368). Hobbs was third with a 407 and Carlsbad fourth (419).

Of particular note was the fact the combined score was 30 shots better than the 373 the team turned in on their best of two rounds at last year’s Class 5A State Tournament on the Spring River course.

Individually Monday, sophomore Josey Jackson took first place overall with a round of 78, followed by Brehnan Davis in a tie for second with an 82 and Taysea Powell in fifth with an 87. Teagan Archer posted a 96 on the day and Sydni Salmon a 109.

Davis, Archer and Salmon’s scores were all better than their best rounds at state in 2015.

“Having Josey come in here from Deming sure helps, but to see those other girls improve their scores is just great,” said coach Dusty Bean. “I’m real proud of the girls and the way they played Monday.”

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, qualified their third and final state team leg with a cumulative 321, tying for third overall with NMMI. Clovis won the tournament with a 309, while Hobbs came in second with a 310.

Chaz Matthews led the way for the Artesia boys with a round of 77, tying him for eighth individually. Caleb Morton was right behind him with a 78, followed by Jake Craft (83), Parker Sanders (83) and Giovanni Huitron (84).

Matthews and Morton’s rounds also earned the two their third individual state legs. Coach Paul Kirkwood was also pleased to see continued steady rounds from Craft, Sanders and Huitron.

The Artesia squads are now preparing for the annual two-day Roswell Spring Classic Monday and Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs will open the tourney at Spring River Monday and move to the NMMI Golf Course Tuesday, while the Bulldogs will do the opposite.

“The big thing about that one is there will be a lot of teams there,” Bean said. “A lot of 6A teams and teams from all across the state, so it’ll be nice to see some other competition.”

Among the teams attending will be St. Pius, likely to be the Lady Bulldogs’ primary competition come state.

“They’ve posted some really good scores and they’re very young, just like us, so that may be our opponent over the next few years,” Bean said. “We’re just going to go in there and keep working on the same fundamentals and really focus on our team scores.

“Golf can be an individual sport, but in high school sports, it’s a team sport, and that’s something I’m really stressing to the girls.”

“We need to have a good week of practice and get ready for our next two-day tournament in Roswell,” said Kirkwood. “Now that we have our three legs, we can focus on improving different aspects of our game.”

Brienne Green
Daily Press Editor

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