Young Warriors make strong season debut

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If Monday’s results are any indication, Socorro High School’s boys golf team has a promising future.

An extremely young Warriors team opened their season finishing within a dozen strokes of two Class 1-3A powerhouses at the Alamogordo Invitational at Desert Lakes Golf Course.

“I thought we did pretty well, considering we had three eighth graders playing their first varsity tournament,” said Will Schaffer, the old man on the squad as a junior.

Socorro tallied a team score of 342, which was 12 strokes behind St. Michael’s, last year’s state runner-up, and 11 behind Hope Christian, which placed third at state a year ago.

Schaffer led the Warriors with a 78, good enough to tie for second place individually with Santa Teresa’s Davee Cameron and register his first of three legs required to qualify for the state tournament.

“I hit the ball pretty bad, but my short game saved me,” said Schaffer, who was the only player to represent Socorro at last year’s state tourney. “It’s good to get that first one out of the way early.”

Mikey Soto, also of Santa Teresa, was the individual champion on Monday, shooting a 2-under par 70.

Socorro’s Ricky Silva, one of the eighth-graders, missed a qualifying leg by just two strokes. His 80 was fifth best overall.

Another eighth-grader, Sean Moore, shot 86. Freshman Alq Fuierer carded a 98. Though his round didn’t figure into the final team total, eighth-grader Levi Romero shot 100.

As a team, Socorro missed a qualifying leg by 11 strokes. Last year, the Warriors missed making state by one stroke.

Socorro will host the Seery Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course. The Warriors are hopeful their familiarity with the course will help them get a leg or two then.

Schaffer said he wasn’t sure which schools would provide the competition.

“We generally get good teams from the south,” he said, mentioning Class 5A schools Clovis and Hobbs.

If that’s true, the tournament will feature two of the state’s top players. Ethan Peterson of Clovis and Kenneth Fadke of Hobbs tied atop the leader board at last year’s 5A state tourney.

The Seery Invite brings in both boys and girls teams, so it will serve as the season opener for the Lady Warriors, who begin defense of their 3A state championship.

In fact, Socorro’s girls have won the last five 3A titles, and this year’s team is better than ever. The Lady Warriors have two individual state champs on the roster. Kristin Cline was the overall winner in 2010 and Shania Berger was last year’s medalist. Cline is still just a junior and Berger is a sophomore.

Also returning from last year’s championship team are seniors Tenishia Guerro and Britini Webb.

 


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