Quintana wins 4th golf tourney

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By The Staff

Having ensured herself a return trip to the state golf tournament next month, West Las Vegas’ Joedy Quintana has turned her attention to winning tournaments (not to mention track meets).

Quintana shot an 84 in Monday’s West Las Vegas Invitational held at New Mexico Highlands University’s Gene Torres Golf Course. That was three strokes better than runner-up Briana Paiz (87) of Raton, who’d essentially made it a two-person chase for the individual girls’ championship.

Robertson’s Andrea Vaisa came in third, shooting a 93.

Quintana has won four tournaments this spring, according to West Las Vegas. She shot a 95 to prevail in Tucumcari on March 24, then an 81 to win at Black Mesa on April 8. In Robertson High’s tourney, also hosted at the Gene Torres course, she shot an 85 on April 14.

Zach Caldwell of Springer won an entertaining boys’ individual championship, his 75 edging two Raton Tigers, Luke Cimino and Jason Parker, both of whom shot a 77.

The performance of those two led Raton to a boys’ team title with 324 points. Tucumcari came in second with 359, and Robertson was a solid third with 375.

No qualifying girls’ teams competed in the tournament on Monday.

West Las Vegas will be hosting the district tournament on Monday, May 5, at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

Quintana has posted seven state-qualifying golf scores this season in excess of the three legs required to make the cut.

She’s also shined on the track for the Lady Dons, leading that squad in sprinting events like the 100- and 200-meter dash and helping on the relays.