FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista boys golf team was eight shots better than the rest of the field at the 6A state tournament, but had to settle for the runner-up trophy.
The Panthers came off the Nancy Lopez Golf Course in Roswell today with a team score of 608 for the two-day event, but found out Darius Martinez's score of 80 was invalid after the senior signed an incorrect scorecard.
Because of the mistake, PV was forced to replace Martinez's score with freshman Justin Harris' 91, moving the Panthers' team score up to 619 and three shots back of Cleveland.
"I can't express how proud I am. We talked about finishing and peaking at the right time, and they did," PV coach Tom Yost said of the Panthers. "The whole team was able to finish while everybody else was collapsing. It's pretty bittersweet right now."
PV trailed Cleveland by two shots after Monday's first round.
Sophomore Tyler Diehl paced the Panthers with a fourth-place finish as an individual, shooting a 1-under 71 in the second round to finish with a two-day score of 147.
"He's played well all year," Yost said of Diehl. "He's had it going all year but was never able to finish. (Monday) he shot 76 and bogeyed the last five holes of the round. He's been playing really well and was just able to hold it together."
Diehl's twin brother Trey finished tied for fifth with a 149.
On the girls side, PV's Sydney Schumacher and Shandiin Harper tied for eighth place with scores of 171.
Peralta places third
Brutal weather conditions made for tough scoring at the 5A state tournament, held at The Canyon Club in Albuquerque, but couldn't slow down Aztec senior Linda Peralta, who closed her career with a third-place finish at the tourney.
Peralta shaved seven strokes off her first round score, firing an 83 in the second round today.
As a team, the Lady Tigers placed sixth with a team score of 821.
In the boys tourney, Farmington finished fourth with a team score of 705.
Zach Holesinger had the low score for the Scorps, shooting a 165 for the two days.
In the two-day tourney, only nine rounds were shot in the 70s.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.