Boys, girls have good rounds at Gooch

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso eighth grader Regan Jameson chips onto the green at The Links at Sierra Blanca, April 9, during the first day of the Leroy Gooch tournament.

RUIDOSO – This season’s been one of great frustration for the Ruidoso boys golf team in their quest to earn that elusive first State qualifying leg.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Jake Butkiewicz tees off on the 10th hole at Alto Lakes Country Club, April 9, during the first day of the Leroy Gooch tournament. Butkiewicz shot a 75 to lead all players.

The quest continued Monday in the first round of the Leroy Gooch tournament at Alto Lakes Country Club, and this time the boys might have been sidelined by construction.

“It’s an unusual situation with construction and temporary greens,” said Warrior coach Jason Kampsky. “In order for us to play a legitimate round, new holes had to be punched on some, and the Sun Country section hasn’t been able to get a new course rating.”

So even if Ruidoso’s 340 team score doesn’t get them a State leg, it’s still a really great score, and they’re just 10 strokes back of Lovington in second place.

Additionally, Jake Butkiewicz leads the field individually with a round of 75.

“That should be enough for his third leg,” Kampsky said. “Overall, the boys played well.”

Brooks Eggleston and Brennam Stewart each pulled off the same score of 89, while Conner Jameson again made Kampsky rethink his team’s lineup with an individual score of 83.

Since Jameson wasn’t listed on the team, his score didn’t count toward the overall team score.

“The individuals are doing so well, I may have to re-think the lineup for our next tournament,” Kampsky explained.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso’s Alexandra Michelena chips onto the green from the bunker at The Links at Sierra Blanca, April 9, during the first round of the Leroy Gooch tournament.

Playing at The Links at Sierra Blanca, the Ruidoso girls did get another State qualifying leg, while Alexandra Michelena shot an 85 for another individual mark.

But after finishing first at the two day tournament in Socorro a week before, Michelena found herself in 10th place after Monday, 10 strokes bck of Deming’s Presley Jackson.
“It wasn’t a bad day, she just started out bad on the front,” said Ruidoso coach Melissa Nanz. “She picked it up in the end.

“Hope (Misquez) almost broke 100, and maybe tomorrow will be her day,” Nanz added. “We had a good team score, but we could have all done better.”

As a team, the Warriors are in seventh place, but the only Class 4A/1A team ahead of them is Socorro, just 10 strokes in front.

While the boys will be at The Links tomorrow, the girls switch over to Cree Meadows.

“I imagine the scores will be a little different tomorrow,” Nanz said of the conditions at Cree. “I just don’t know. But everyone will be playing that course, and ten (team) strokes is easy to make up.”

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