Piedra Vista qualifies for state golf

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON — Heavy rains technically forced Monday and Tuesday’s Coyote Invitational at Coyote del Malpais Golf Course in Grants to be cancelled, but that didn’t stop a handful of teams from competing.

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“The first day was a nightmare. Parts of the course were actually flooded,” Farmington coach Stephanie Jaquez said. “Technically, the tournament was cancelled, but we decided to stay and play.”

Farmington, Piedra Vista, Aztec, Navajo Prep and Los Alamos were the only teams to battle the conditions and play the tournament.

The decision to stay and brave the rain was well worth it, as scores good enough for a qualifying leg will still count toward state qualification.

The PV boys earned their third team leg, firing a 318 to become the first 5A boys team to earn all three legs and qualify for May's state tournament.

PV’s Tyler Montano (77) and Davis Gurley (78) both picked up their third legs as individuals to qualify for state.

The Piedra Vista girls came away with two team legs after the Lady Panthers shot team scores of 381 and 375.

“I think this was our most complete team performance,” PV girls coach Charles Druar said. “Overall, we’ve seen a lot of improvement since the beginning of the year. We got some decent scores from our fourth and fifth players to help us get the win.”

Chantalle Kovacs shot a 12-over 82 both days to place first individually and earn her second leg. Druar said the pair of 82s were two of Kovacs' best scores of the year.

Sydney Schumacher (84) and Belle Toney (91) each earned their second individual legs, as well.

Farmington, PV, Aztec, Prep, Kirtland Central and Shiprock will play at PV’s invitational Monday at Piñon Hills, which is the site for the 5A state tournament in May.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.