Golf girls win again

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The tradition continues.

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Having won their last six state golf championships in a row, winning this year’s Class A-AAA state tournament played on the New Mexico Tech course on Monday and Tuesday gave the ladies from Socorro bragging rights big time. They’ve now won 18 state championship trophies, more than any high school team ever. Bosque School finished second to Socorro 90 strokes distant.

Many of these championships were played against teams in all classes, 3-A through 5-A. And the Socorro ladies won every tournament they played this year.

After the first round on Monday the Socorro senior Kristen Cline finished with a score of 75. On Tuesday she shot a 73 with a total score of 155, which was adequate to give her first place in individual play. Her teammate Shania Berger finished second in individual play with 76 strokes on the first day and 73 on the next, totaling 155 strokes. Mia Salome placed fifth in the tournament shooting 78 and 85 totaling 163.

The final team scores were; Socorro 670, Bosque School 760, Lovington 761, Ruidoso 764 and Portales 816.

“This year was very exciting because we set a new state record,” Socorro coach Margaret Stanley-Gonzales said. “We have more state titles than anyone else in the state. This year was really a thrill. We also tied the record for seven wins in a row. We’re proud of Kristen and Shania, who won first and second place overall, which makes it that much more exciting. And Mia Salome placed fifth individually.”

Stanley-Gonzales said the only worries the team had were themselves.

“We didn’t want to get in our own way.”