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Lady Card linksters close in on last leg

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By The Staff

With a commanding victory in Monday’s Meadow City Invitational, the Robertson girls’ golf team took another step toward qualifying for state as a group.

The Lady Cardinals shot a combined 332, well beneath the 398 threshold needed to qualify their second leg of three required to make the Class 3A state tournament field this coming spring.

Additionally, four Lady Card linksters shot individual qualifying scores; the top three individuals in the girls’ draw hailed from Robertson.

Jayme Quintana shot a 79 to take top honors; it’s her second leg of the qualification process.

Joedy Quintana was just two strokes back with an 81, good for her third qualifying leg.

Jamie Allen was right behind her with an 82, her second leg.

And Shannen Lopez shot a 90, her first leg.

Raton’s Lady Tigers were a distant second with a team score of 468.

Raton won the boys’ tournament with a team score of 363. The Tigers got a brilliant performance from Joe Apache, whose one-under-par 71 was a state-qualifying effort.

Robertson’s boys finished second with a 382, and Grant Gregory led the way with a state-qualifying 77. That is Gregory’s first leg of three needed to make the cut.

West Las Vegas’ Ruben Bustamante placed third with an 85, seven strokes over the state-qualifying cut of 78.

All four of these players received a state qualifying leg for state which was a 92 or better.

Robertson head golf coach Gene Gurule said he was pleased with the work of both teams.

“The teams played well with the girls shooting a tremendous team score of 332, which is the lowest score since I have been coaching,” he said. “This is also the first time I have four girls qualify individually together in one tournament.”

“Even though the boys are young, they are starting to make great progress.”