PV, KC golf teams capture district titles
FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista and Kirtland Central golf teams swept the boys and girls district titles Monday at the Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland.
The PV boys and girls captured the District 1-5A crown with relative ease. The boys finished the day with a team score of 308, 19 shots clear of Farmington in second place.
“The conditions were really good, and they played pretty well. They didn’t play their best games, but they stuck with it, and I was proud of the way they hung tough to post the scores that they did,” PV boys head coach Tom Yost said.
The Lady Panthers won the title with a score of 380. Aztec finished second with 401.
The chase for the District 1-A/4A title saw the KC girls fire a team score of 369, which qualified the Lady Broncos for the A/4A state tournament at the Spring River Golf Course in Roswell next week.
“They played really well and shot the best team score of the year,” KC head coach Steve Williams said of the Lady Broncos. “We had two girls in the 80s, which was nice, one girl in the 90s and one girl in the low 100s. We were in good shape, and it was a good team score.”
The KC boys won the district title with a team score of 364, but the young Broncos — who list two sophomores, two freshmen and an eighth-grader on the roster — did not qualify for state.
PV’s Trey Diehl won the District 1-5A individual title after beating Farmington’s Zack Holesinger in a one-hole playoff. Diehl and Holesinger each shot 75. The two played the first hole, a par-4 measuring about 400 yards, in the playoff. Diehl made par, and Holesinger missed his par putt to finish with a bogey.
PV’s Tyler Diehl placed second with a 77. River Smalley and Tyler Montano, both of PV, tied for third at 78.
PV’s Sydney Schumacher won the District 1-5A girls individual title with an 87, three shots clear of teammate Chantalle Kovacs in second place. PV’s Belle Toney and Aztec's Linda Peralta tied for third at 95.
Navajo Prep’s Dakota Halliburton won the boys individual title for District 1-A/4A after firing an 80.
KC’s Antonio Mike placed second, followed by Shiprock’s Landon Henderson in third place.
KC’s Daria Frank won the District 1-A/4A girls individual title with an 83, followed by teammates Kyla Jones and Phylis Kitseallyboy rounding out the top three.
The PV boys and girls, and the KC girls are the only area teams to qualify for their respective state tournaments.
Holesinger qualified for the boys 5A tourney as an individual.
Peralta and Farmington’s Meghan Graff qualified for the 5A girls tourney as individuals.
The boys and girls A/4A state tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday at the Spring River Golf Course in Roswell.
Williams said he has a high level of confidence in the Lady Broncos to compete for the state title.
“There can be huge swings in scores depending on how people play, and honestly, when I look at other teams’ qualifying scores, there isn’t anybody who’s heads and tails better than us,” Williams said.
The boys and girls 5A state tournament will be played Monday and Tuesday at Piñon Hills Golf Course, which should give the PV, Farmington and Aztec players an advantage on their competition.
“I think it is an advantage, but golf is a funny game. The more you know a course, it could be an advantage but it could also be a disadvantage,” Yost said. “It’s going to come down to how well they stay in the game mentally, and how well they forget about bad shots and not let those bad shots affect future shots.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.