Canyon Club Event a Preview of State Championship
Shootout in the Desert Brings Together Top NM High School Teams
Cleveland High School won the girls’ team competition in the second annual 18-hole Shootout in the Desert at the Canyon Club at Four Hills on Monday.
Jacquelyn Galloway of Cleveland won going away in the girls individual competition, finishing at 2-over, eight shots better than her nearest challenger, Jessica Osden of Los Alamos High School.
Bowen Davis of Manzano High School carded a 4-under 68 to win the boys’ individual Shootout in the Desert title, seven shots better than Trey Diehl of Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School.
Piedra Vista High School won the boys’ team title easily, finishing 24 shots clear of the Los Alamos boys’ team.
The Shootout in the Desert was organized by the Sun Country Golf House, an alliance between the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association and the Sun Country PGA Section. The invitational tournament pitted the best golf teams from around the state in a single event regardless of their New Mexico Activities Association classification.
The 2018 boys and girls state championships will be held May 7 on three courses around the state: Pinon Hills in Farmington (6A); Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs (5A); and the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque (A-4A).
Last year, the Cleveland boys and La Cueva girls won 6A. Artesia boys and girls won 5A. St. Michael’s won the A-4A girls and Hope Christian and Portales finished T1 in A-4A boys.
Teams participating in this year’s Shootout in the Desert included Manzano, Cleveland, Los Alamos, Hope Christian, La Cueva, Portales, St. Michael’s, Rio Rancho, Piedra Vista, St. Pius, Robertson and Ruidoso. Players from a handful of other schools were also invited to compete individually.