Much as Ruidoso girls golf coach Melissa Nanz expected, her team earned a State qualifying leg in their first meet of the year, March 12, at the Alamogordo Tiger Invitational.
Their team score of 403 was only good enough for second, however, 12 strokes behind Deming.
“We know what we need to work on before next week’s tournaments,” Nanz said. “But they all saw what I expect of them. We probably could have taken off 20 strokes.”
Individually, Alexandra ichelena had the best day, shooting an 86 at the Desert Lakes course.
For the boys, things were not as good. Overall, the team shot a decent 375, but they were behind both Socorro and Deming in the final standings.
“It’s about learning how to compete again as a team,” said boys coach Jason Kampsky. “There were some really good holes, but then we’d have a huge score on one. That happened to all the boys.”
Jake Butkeiwicz shot a decent 82, while Brooks Eggleston and Josh Mader turned in scores of 92 and 97.
While things didn’t go as well for the Warrior boys, Kampsky was philosophical.
“This is march, just the first tournament,” Kampsky said. “Now that it’s out of the way, there’s nowhere to go but up.”
Mescalero made its debut at Alamogordo as well, as Alex Kaydahzinne, Sebastian Chino and Dominic Chee hit the links. Kaydahzinne scored 116 on the day.
Both Ruidoso teams have two tournaments next week, traveling to Roswell for the Alien 8 on March 20 at the New Mexico Military Institute and Spring River courses.
On March 22, Mescalero joins the Warriors as they host the Great 8 tournament at The Links.