Taos Fall In­vite wel­comes north­ern teams, show­cases TCC car­pet

The Taos News - - SPORTS - By Arce­nio J. Tru­jillo sports@taos­news.com The Taos News

A rare Tues­day tour­na­ment took place this past week at Taos Coun­try Club Oct. 2. In at­ten­dance were both class A-4A boy (Josh Fam­bro) and girl (Carisa Padilla) state champs from 2018.

Per­fect con­di­tions per­sisted in Taos for the du­ra­tion of the in­ter­scholas­tic event that in­cluded Class A-3A teams West Las Ve­gas, St. Michael’s, Robert­son and Ra­ton on hand for the an­nual Taos Fall In­vite. Or­di­nar­ily, golf matches take place on Mon­day morn­ings through­out the split fall and spring sea­sons. Taos also hosts a spring tour­na­ment, with many of the same teams con­verg­ing on the pris­tine, linksstyle course.

The only Class 4A team in at­ten­dance were the Hope Chris­tian (Al­bu­querque) Huskies, who placed sec­ond as a team be­hind Por­tales at this past year’s state cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment. Due to re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion, both Taos and Hope moved up in class and will now have to face much larger teams and more skilled in­di­vid­u­als.

The only two in­di­vid­u­als who gar­nered a qual­i­fy­ing leg at the tour­na­ment was Taos’ Fam­bro, who came in first over­all with a 70 (2-un­der par) and Hope Chris­tian’s Ja­cob Lucero, who placed sec­ond with a 77 (5-over par). The In­di­vid­ual qual­i­fy­ing score for boys was 80.

“I’m glad Josh qual­i­fied for state,” said head coach Jim Fam­bro in post-match re­marks, al­lud­ing to Josh’s third leg earned Tues­day. “Now the work be­gins.”

Other boys shoot­ing for the Tigers in­cluded Ja­son Mon­toya, who shot 95, Kyle Smith, who scored 114, and Tyler Smith, who carded a 115. As a team, the Tigers came in sec­ond be­hind Hope with a score of 394.

There were no girls teams on hand who fielded a com­plete team of four girls. Scores earned by Taos golfers in­cluded Maye Mon­toya, who turned in the low­est stroke score for Taos and came in fourth over­all with 125. She was fol­lowed by Veron­ica Mon­toya, who carded a 135, and Te­gan Turn­mire, who scored 151. Padilla, from St. Mike’s, was the over­all win­ner with 85 (13-over par). Her team­mate Alyssa Tor­res came in sec­ond with 104 and Robert­son’s Nazari Green was third with 107.

The in­di­vid­ual qual­i­fy­ing score for girls was 93.

Both boys and girls teams have three fall-sea­son matches re­main­ing and a full slate of spring tour­na­ments to try to ob­tain team legs. This year’s state cham­pi­onship is set to take place at the Piñon Hills in Farm­ing­ton May 13-14. Start times are to be de­ter­mined.

Next up for the boys and girls teams is the Bur­rito Open in Al­bu­querque Mon­day (Oct. 8) at the at Par­adise Hills Golf Club with a 9 a.m. shot­gun start.

Arce­nio J. Tru­jillo

In per­fect form, Josh Fam­bro scoops out his ball from a green­side bunker on hole No. 10 dur­ing the Taos Fall In­vite at Taos Coun­try Club Oct. 2. Fam­bro would go on to win the tour­na­ment with a score of 70 (2-un­der par) and pick up his third qual­i­fy­ing leg for the in­di­vid­ual state tour­na­ment slated for May of next year.

Arce­nio J. Tru­jillo

Arce­nio J. Tru­jillo

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