Here are some New Mexico girls golfers to watch during the 2020-2021 campaign
Sandia’s Sophia Zamarripa
After taking third overall at the now-defunct 6A state championships in 2018, capped off by a strong second-round performance, Sophia Zamarripa won a state title at the 2019 5A state championships — in front of the home crowd in Albuquerque.
Zamarripa opened atop the leaderboard with a round-one score of 77 and didn’t relinquish her lead from there.
Now in her final year with the Matadors, Zamarripa looks secure back-to-back state titles.
Piedra Vista’s Shandiin Harper
Shandiin Harper looks to erase troubling second-round memories from the previous two state tournaments and finally contend for a title.
She was within two strokes of first place in round one of the 2018 6A state championships — right in her backyard at Piñon Hills Golf Course in Farmington. But she was undone by a 19-over-par performance in round two, ending the tournament tied for fourth overall.
Harper was in a three-way tie for fifth entering the second round of the 2019 5A state championships, but fell a bit down the leaderboard as round two went on. She took ninth overall, shooting a combined 27-over-par.
Harper looks to change her fortunes when spring rolls in.
Las Cruces’ Erica Williams
Erica Williams placed 10th overall at the 2019 5A state championships, shooting a combined 28-over-par during two rounds of play. She was just a freshman at the time.
She still has a couple more years left with the Bulldawgs, and at least a half-dozen 5A competitors from 2019 already graduated.
Williams’ window for a late-season run has opened up.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and on Twitter at @MattH_717.
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