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FHS, PV boys earn first legs of 2016-17 season

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — The Farmington and Piedra Vista boys golf teams earned their first legs of the 2016-17 season Tuesday at the Farmington Quad Tournament at Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland.

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The Scorps posted a team score of 319, two shots clear of the Panthers.

Along with earning the team leg, brothers Trey and Tyler Diehl recorded their third qualifying leg needed for state. Individuals and teams need three legs on at least two courses to qualify for the state tournament in the spring.

Tyler Diehl earned medalist honors by posting a 2-over-par 74. Farmington’s Zack Holesinger finished second with a 75, which gave him his second leg of the year.

PV’s River Smalley (77), Shiprock’s Landon Henderson (77) and Farmington’s Taton Yazzie (80) all earned their first qualifying legs.

PV boys coach Tom Yost said the trio of juniors in the Diehl brothers and Smalley are starting to find their role as the leaders on the team after the Panthers lost multiple seniors from last year’s team.

“The number of seniors we lost from last year and them having to step up has been a transition for them,” Yost said. “But we’ve seen good competition, and it’s sort of opened their eyes to what they need to do to get better so we can compete at the 6A level against Cleveland, La Cueva and Hobbs. I’d rather have them build and peak in May rather than shoot all their best scores in the fall.”

On the girls side, PV’s Sydney Schumacher posted an 11-over 83 to take medalist honors and earn her second qualifying leg.

Farmington’s Meghan Graff fired a 91 and earned her third leg for state, sending her to the state tourney for the third year in a row.

Farmington girls coach Stephanie Jaquez said Graff’s ability to earn all three legs — the first two coming at the Durango Invitational last week at Colorado’s Dalton Ranch Golf Club and Hillcrest Golf Club — in the fall was a huge relief for the senior.

“Her getting those out of the way was a big relief,” Jaquez said. “She’s really worked on her game this summer and it shows. Shooting an 85 at Dalton Ranch was nothing to sneeze at because it’s a very difficult course.”

PV’s Shandiin Harper and Kirtland Central’s Tiger Tsosie both shot 90 to post their first qualifying leg.

No girls teams earned qualifying legs.

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