Kirtland Central’s Tristin Goodwin putts the ball during the district golf championships at Aztec’s Hidden Valley Golf Club on Monday.
Kirtland Central's Tristin Goodwin putts the ball during the district golf championships at Aztec's Hidden Valley Golf Club on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
AZTEC — On a cold and rainy day at Hidden Valley Golf Club, San Juan County high school golfers battled the elements for District 1-4A titles.

The Piedra Vista boys and Aztec girls came away with victories over second place Kirtland Central on Monday in Aztec.

The PV boys lineup put together solid rounds to finish with a team score of 314, 34 shots ahead of the Broncos.

The Panthers had five of the top seven scores with Jackson Gurley (76), Patrick Gregoire (77), Riley Rahm (80), Donald Thornton (81) and Dennis Rahm (81) all finishing in the top 10 to earn all-district honors.

“(Gurley) and (Gregoire) did really well,” said PV head coach Floyd Kurley. “I was really happy with the balance.”

Kirtland Central's Tristin Goodwin won the event on the boys side with a score of 74.

“It's about time,” said Goodwin, who had finished in second place the previous two district tournaments. “I just tried to keep it in the fairway and make good putts.”

The Broncos shot a team score of 348 to place second with only Goodwin finishing in the top 10.

Brett Pash (81) and Bobby Shuttleworth (84) of Farmington High and Raymond Torres (83) and Ethan Click (85) of Aztec all finished in the top 10 to earn spots on the all-district team.

The FHS and Aztec boys finished in a tie for third with scores of 356.

Aztec's Brooke Raney shot a 78 to win the girls individual district title and help lead the Lady Tigers to an 18-stroke victory over KCHS.

“It's feels awesome to win both as a team and an individual,” Raney said “It's amazing. We've improved a lot as the season went on.”

The wet weather made the greens more challenging then usual, Raney said.

“The greens were slower and when the ball hit, it didn't roll out as much,” she said.
Aztec High School’s Brooke Raney chips on to the 9th green at Aztec’s Hidden Valley Golf Club on Monday.
Aztec High School's Brooke Raney chips on to the 9th green at Aztec's Hidden Valley Golf Club on Monday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
“It was cold, but we just had to play through it.”

Raney finished five shots ahead of her Aztec teammate Rachelle Marquez who placed second with an 83.

Kirtland's Darmika Frank shot an 88 to finish in third place.

PV's Miel Johnson (90), Farmington's Destiny Cochrane (101), Aztec's Isabella Lee (97) and Kirtland's Hope Tsosie (95), Aubri Blueeyes (96), Kyla Jones (100) and Judith Camacho (102) each finished in the top 10 to claim all-district honors.

Piedra Vista and Farmington didn't field the required four players to qualify for the team standings in the girls' tournament.

Kurley was named the boys' coach of the year and Aztec's Tom McClurg won the award for the girls' team.

The PV boys and Aztec girls will be joined by the KCHS boys and girls at the state tournament next week. All four teams had earned the required legs prior to the district tournament to earn a state place.

“We've been right there all this time and now the guys are putting it together,” Kurley said. “We need to carry forward. The focus isn't just to get there but to win it.”

The state tournament will take place May 13-14 at the New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces.

Joshua Perry can be reached at jperry@daily-times.com; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.