Trey Diehl leads Panthers to third-place finish

Kirtland Central's Kyla Jones finishes second at A/4A girls tournament

Karl Schneider
  • KC's Jones finishes one shot out of first place
  • Farmington's Zach Holesinger places third in 5A after an even-par 72 on Tuesday
  • PV's Sydney Schumacher places ninth as an individual in 5A
  • Lady Broncos move from sixth to fourth after Tuesday's round

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista boys golf team had high hopes entering the 2015-16 season, knowing the 5A state tournament would be held at its home course of Piñon Hills.

The Panthers put together a solid performance, shooting a team score of 677 over Monday and Tuesday to place third, but PV coach Tom Yost said his players weren’t satisfied with themselves.

“Third place is nothing to sneeze at. I’m pretty happy for the team, but it could have been a lot better,” Yost said. “It wasn’t the result any of them wanted, and I think they’re a little disappointed, but I think they have a lot to be proud of, and I’m very proud of them.”

PV freshman Trey Diehl paced the Panthers with a second-place finish, shooting 3-over 75 on Tuesday to finish 5-over for the tournament. St. Pius X’s Patrick McCarthy won the title at 3-over.

Piedra Vista's Trey Diehl makes a putt on the 10th hole during the New Mexico 5A Boys State Championship on Tuesday at Pinon Hills Golf Course.

Diehl and McCarthy were tied for the lead after shooting 74s on Monday, but a birdie tear from McCarthy on the front nine put him eight strokes ahead after the 11th hole.

“It was great to see Trey finish second. He played really well this weekend,” Yost said. “He didn’t panic and played his own game. He was on 18 and was three behind, finished two behind and sort of ran out of holes. It was a gutty performance. He doesn’t make mistakes or commit errors that put his round in jeopardy. He’s just mentally tough, and to say that about a freshman, it’s pretty rare to see.”

Farmington’s Zach Holesinger fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday to place third individual at 10-over.

Tyler Montano (175), Tyler Diehl (177), River Smalley (179) and Davis Gurley (181) made up the Panthers team.

Montano and Gurley are both seniors for PV, while Smalley and Tyler Diehl are both freshmen, giving PV a talented trio of freshmen to build the program around for the future.

“The program is going to be healthy for a long time. We do jump to 6A, which is going to be tough because La Cueva and Cleveland are extremely strong programs, but I have the horses to compete, and hopefully, we all get better.”

On the girls’ side, Piedra Vista finished seventh of seven with a team score of 871.

Artesia won the girls title on a one-hole playoff with St. Pius X. The two teams shot 750.

Sydney Schumacher led the Lady Panthers with a top-10 finish individually, placing ninth with a two-day score of 185.

Aztec’s Linda Peralta finished 13th with a 192 and Farmington’s Meghan Graff placed 21st after shooting 205.

Aztec's Linda Peralta chips on the eighth hole during the New Mexico 5A Girls State Championship on Tuesday at Pinon Hills Golf Course.

Chantalle Kovacs (219), Belle Toney (226), Ahleyn Velarde (241) and Samantha Harris (287) rounded out PV’s team.

At the A/4A state tournament at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River in Roswell, Kirtland Central’s Kyla Jones followed up Monday’s 83 with an 84 on Tuesday to place second in the tourney.

Jones entered Tuesday’s round one shot off the lead, set by Mesilla Valley’s Courtney Andersson, and match Andersson for the low round of the day to finish one back at 167.

The KC girls sat sixth of six after the first round, but on Tuesday the Lady Broncos shaved 31 strokes and jumped into fourth place with a total team score of 827.

Tiger Tsosie (210), Phyllis Kitseallyboy (214) and Daria Frank (236) made up the Lady Broncos' team.

Frank made the biggest jump individually, cutting 20 strokes off of her Monday round to finish tied for 33rd as an individual.

KC head coach Steve Williams could not be reached for comment.

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