By Arcenio J. Trujillo
The Taos News
Josh Fambro’s golf game is growing and a string of successful outings places him at near the top of the Class A/4A heap.
Now in the spring, the sophomore golfer has showcased his game week after week, match after match. In the three interscholastic meetings in the 2017 (spring) segment thus far, Fambro has notched two wins and one second-place finish, capping a dual season of district dominance.
Traveling to Los Alamos for the Spring Invitational, Fambro shot an impressive 2-under-par 70, but was one shot off the top spot – trailing Cameron Gonzales from St. Michael’s, who recorded a 69. As the lone player on the boys golf team, Fambro has represented his school with qualifying performances since last fall, when he shot his all-time best 3-under-par 69 at Taos Country Club Sept. 12.
“Josh won at Piñon Hills in Farmington by shooting a 74 and at Santa Fe Country Club with a 79,” said golf coach Jimmy Loder, referring to the two spring tournaments played so far – April 6 and April 10, respectively. “To have him shoot a 70 and still come in second says a lot about the level of competition he faces at these tournaments.”
Fambro had a stretch of four birdies in a row and lipped out a fifth from close range during the middle of his round. “Josh started out with two bogies in the first three holes to record a score of 38 in his front nine,” said Loder. “His 32 coming in was a gutsy stretch of nine holes to make up the two strokes going out, plus it was great to see him pick up those birdies to end up at two under.”
Teams in attendance at Los Alamos included: the Los Lunas Tigers, St. Michael’s Horsemen, Los Alamos Hilltoppers, Hope Christian Huskies, Valencia Jaguars, Capital Jaguars and East Mountain Timberwolves.
Taos, Española, Santa Fe High School and Bosque High School had individuals in attendance, but not the required amount to field a team. Four golfers make up a a scoring squad and the combined scores of each player are added up for a team total.
With only two girls from Taos traveling to Los Alamos, no team score posted on the girls’ side. A week earlier, the girls team recorded a team win at Santa Fe Country Club April 10.
Up next for the teams will be the district championships hosted by St. Michael’s High School at Santa Fe Country Club May 1. Members of the girls team, led by Tomashot twins Madison and Taylor, will be defending their 2016 district team title. Fambro will be competing for an individual title and honing his game for the upcoming state championships, which return to Piñon Hills in Farmington May 8-9. Districts are slated to begin at 9 a.m.
“Josh has played well despite having to scramble at times,” said Loder. “But his confidence is high and I feel like his best games are yet to be seen. I invite true golf fans to come out and see this kid in action.”