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FARMINGTON — It has been a good start to the 2015-16 golf season for the Piedra Vista boys golf team.

In their first tournament of the season, the Panthers earned their first qualifying leg for the state tournament, shooting a team total of 316 at the Cortez Invite at Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez, Colo., on Tuesday.

"The boys are doing great," PV boys coach Tom Yost said. "We're an extremely young team, so there are going to be some hiccups, but the boys are doing great. I was really pleased with the tournament in Cortez."

River Smalley paced the Panthers with a 78, while Tyler Montano and Davis Gurley fired a pair of 79s, which were all good for individual legs. Trey Diehl shot an 80 to round out the team score.

"In years past, we've been kind of reliant on one person, but this year, we don't have someone who's going to shoot even par or under par in a tournament, so we collectively have to do it as a team," Yost said. "I think that's how it's going to be most of the year — everyone is going to be within a couple shots of each other."

Teams and individuals must earn three legs to qualify for the state tournament in May, which will be held at the Piñon Hills Golf Course.

"Our goal is to qualify for state," Yost said. "We have a distinct advantage because that's our home track."

Farmington's Zack Holesinger fired a 79 to earn his second leg of the season in Cortez.

On the girls side, Farmington's Meghan Graff picked up her second leg after shooting a 94 in Cortez.

Aztec's Linda Peralta (86), Kirtland Central's Kyla Jones (87) and PV's Chantalle Kovacs (89) all earned individual legs in Cortez, as well.

The PV, FHS, Aztec, Navajo Prep and Kirtland Central teams will be at the Riverview Invitational, hosted by Kirtland Central at Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland on Sept. 28.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and kschneider@daily-times.com. Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.

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