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Boys just shy of State leg

By Todd Fuqua

Ruidoso’s boys golf team got one step closer to State with their second team leg, April 17, during the first round of the Roswell Spring Classic at the New Mexico Military Institute course.

The boys shot a 328 on Day 1, while Garrett Eggleston got his third individual leg with a 78, guaranteeing him a trip to Farmington in May.

But coach Jason Kampsky would much rather see him make the trip with four of his teammates.

“That would be the icing on the cake for him,” Kampsky said. “We’re really trying to get the whole team to go with him.”

Unfortunately for the Warriors, their second day score at Spring River course was two strokes shy of their third leg.

Now, they’ll need to get that leg in Deming at the Rio Mimbres course on April 27.

Of course, there is a “last-chance” qualifier scheduled at NMMI – much closer and a course Ruidoso has proved it can score well on.

The only problem is, that tournament is held the same day as the one in Deming.

“It’s possible to get it at Deming, it’s just that we’ve played NMMI twice already this season, and we qualified there with four solid (individual) rounds,” Kampsky said. “We can do it at either course, but I think the boys are leaning more towards NMMI.”

There’s also a possibility the second day of the Georgia Seery Invitational in Socorro – which was cancelled due to windy weather – might be made up next weekend as well, but that hinges on how many teams might be able to go. They’ll need three teams at least to be considered as an official tournament by the NMAA.

“The only problem with that one (in Socorro) is that if we decide to go, it will be the same day as prom,” Kampsky said. “It would be a packed day for the kids.”

Regardless of which tourney the Warriors decide to be at, they’ll need that qualifying leg, else they’ll have to win the District 4-4A/1A tournament outright when it comes to the Links at Sierra Blanca on May 1.

The girls got another couple of legs, further solidifying their seeding at State while Lexi Lucero shot a 74 at NMMI, her best tournament round this season. It was good enough for second place.

“She was really excited, and all the girls did well on day two,” said Ruidoso coach Melissa Lucero. “Day one (at Spring River) wasn’t bad either. We had a couple of hiccups there, but other than that they really came out strong.”

As the girls have all their State qualifying legs, they won’t be choosing between NMMI and Deming next week, they know they’ll have to make the long trip to play at Rio Mimbres.

Really, it’s all about fine tuning at this point.

“We worked with Alexandra (Michelena) about getting out of the trees a bit,” Lucero said. “We’re trying to get away from the trees because Pinon (Hills, where the State tournament is held) is a more difficult course. We have to work on those problem areas.”

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