Published: 4:18 pm, Fri. Apr. 28th, 2017Updated: 4:17 pm
The girls in orange plowed through Class 5A, 6A and 4A competition alike over the course of this year’s campaign, racking up first-place hardware at nine different events.
Subsequently, the squad also made a clean sweep of state-qualifying team scores at all nine tournaments, with Josey Jackson, Brehnan Davis and Taysea Powell duplicating that achievement individually.
The Lady ‘Dogs won the Black Murphy Invitational in Lovington Tuesday with a team 365, 11 shots better than 6A second-place Hobbs.
There, Jackson led the charge with a round of 88, followed by Davis (90), Powell (92), Teagan Archer (95) and BriLe Ybarra (105).
Artesia put a bit more distance between themselves and the Lady Eagles at Wednesday’s Hobbs Invite on the Rockwind Community Links, taking the tourney with a composite 349 over Hobbs’ 365.
Jackson and Powell topped the individual medals stand with their respective rounds of 79 and 84, Davis finished with an 86, Archer a 100, and Ybarra a 107.
On the boys’ side Tuesday in Lovington, the ‘Dogs got an impressive round from Jake Craft despite the conditions. Craft’s 78 was good enough for first place individually and was followed by Parker Sanders (86), Tanner Parker (91), Wesley Davis (94) and Giovanni Huitron (94).
The Artesia boys’ team 316 placed them in third behind Portales and Carlsbad.
Craft again carried the battle flag Wednesday with a qualifying round of 79 at Rockwind, but the Bulldogs struggled a bit more overall there, finishing fourth with a team 337. Rounding out their performance were Parker (83), Sanders (86), Davis (89) and Huitron (92).
The Artesia High School golfers will now set their sights on a particularly alluring first-place trophy: that of District 4-AAAAA.
The teams will head back to the familiar confines of the NMMI Golf Course Monday for the D4 event. The Lady Bulldogs will be competing against Goddard and Lovington for top honors, while the ‘Dogs will be squaring off with Lovington alone.
Roswell High was unable this season to field full boys’ or girls’ teams, and Goddard was unable to field a team on the boys’ side.