In a favorable schedule swing, the Taos High boys and girls golf teams had the good fortune of playing their final regular season tournament at the Taos Country Club Tuesday (April 24). Needing one more "leg" to qualify for state as a team, the girls left no doubt about their team's ability as they put forth an outstanding effort and easily cleared the final hurdle on their home course.
Three qualifying legs are needed for teams and individuals to be invited to the state championship tournament. The girls won as a team with 368 points.
"The qualifying score for girls today was 404," said assistant coach Jimmy Loder, who helmed the last girls' team to attend the state championships in 2016 and was the first official to view the incoming scorecards. "Obviously, the girls had plenty of breathing room."
"This has to be mentioned and highlighted," said coach Jim Fambro, pointing to the scores of specific athletes on the large scorecard inside the vestibule of TCC's clubhouse. "These represent 10, 20 and 30-stroke improvements."
Fambro was alluding to his number three through five golfers, who started the season regularly scoring in the 120's (and sometimes higher) but on this day posted all-time best scores.
Caitlin Tafoya was one of those listed by Fambro who achieved a major goal in her golf career by finally breaking 100 in a tournament round with a personal best 90.
"I have to say that driving well off the tee made a huge difference for me today," said Tafoya, who played in her fifth tournament of the year. "It also helps when our putts drop."
Just about every coach alluded to the improvement in the putting. "It has been a major focus for us lately," said coach Fambro.
Taylor Tamashot carded the lowest score for the Tigers with an 86. She was joined by her sister Madison and Tafoya, who each recorded a 90. Makayla Montoya posted the fourth eligible score for Taos of 102: her career low score. Veronica Montoya played exceptionally well, too, and finished with 108.
As for the boys, Josh Fambro continued his winning ways with a 1-under par 71. Jason Montoya shot his career best with an 84 on day, and Jonathan Lucero finished with 116. The boys did not post a team score as at least four members are needed.
Up next for Coach Fambro and company is the district tournament, which is scheduled to take place at TCC Monday (April 30). The state tournament is a two-day event that will be held for Class A-4A at the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque May 7-8.