Piedra Vista Golfers Seek Redemption at State 0

Piedra Vista High School player Tyler Diehl

Piedra Vista High School Player Signed an Incorrect Scorecard Last Year

Team Notches Win at Shootout in the Desert in Run-up to State

The win by the Piedra Vista High School boys golf team at the “Shootout in the Desert” high school invitational at the Canyon Club at Four Hills last week sets the stage for them to redeem themselves at state on May 7.

At the state championship in Roswell last year, a wrongly signed scorecard cost the Piedra Vista High School golf team the 6A state golf title.

But the Piedra Vista High School golf team’s 24-shot win over Los Alamos High School at the Shootout in the Desert invitational has the Panthers in the right mindset with a little over a week to go before the New Mexico state championships on May 7.

The Shootout in the Desert, an invitational of the state’s best golf teams in several classifications that was organized by the Sun Country Golf House, an alliance between the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association and the Sun Country PGA Section.

:Here’s an excerpt from a piece on Piedra Vista that New Mexico Activities Association staffer, JP Murrieta, former lead sports anchor for KOB-TV, posted to the NMAA website during the April 23 event:

“It’s been on our goal list since the bus ride home from Roswell,” said head coach Tom Yost.

It was long bus ride home to Farmington after last year’s state tournament.  Piedra Vista would have been the 6A state champ, but one of their players signed an incorrect scorecard and the blue trophy went to Cleveland.

“That one hurt so we really, really want to get it this year,” said junior Tyler Diehl.

At the Shootout in the Desert, Diehl finished T2 with his brother Trey in the boys’ individual championship with a 3-over 75, seven shots behind the individual winner, Bowen Davis of Manzano High School.

The May 7 boys and girls state championships will be held on three courses: Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington (6A); Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs (5A); and the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque (A-4A).

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Dan Vukelich, former editor of ABQ Free Press and Sun Country Golf magazine, is editor of NewMexicoGolfNews.com. He's a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at dan@newmexicogolfnews.com

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