Panthers finish tied for 9th at 24-team event in Arizona


FARMINGTON — Fresh off its first state championship last spring, the Piedra Vista boys golf team carried that momentum over into the fall campaign against even tougher competition last weekend in Chandler, Arizona.

The Panthers tied for ninth place out of 24 teams Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the 2018 Antigua National High School Golf Invitational. It was also the first time a New Mexico school had competed in the event.

PV shot 603 overall (27 strokes over par) over the two-day tournament, all while navigating a course measured at 7,099 yards and playing in stifling 105-degree weather.

Tyler Diehl finished in a four-way tie for fourth by shooting 140 (four strokes under par).

Trey Diehl (seven over par) shot 151, while Quinn Yost (11 over par), River Smalley (13 over par) and Justin Harris (24 over par) shot 155, 157 and 168 respectively. Harris overcame a tough start by shooting 79 (seven over par) on Day 2.

There were 135 competitors at the tournament.

Brophy Prep, Arizona’s Division I Fall 2017 state runner-up and a seven-time state champion, won the event by shooting 572 (four over par as a team).

PV earned its first two qualifying scores for state, which applies to the spring portion of the season.

The Panthers will resume play Monday and Tuesday at the Durango (Colorado) Invitational.