Kerr, Trujillo get legs at Rio Rancho event

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With the golf season quickly approaching the District 6-4A tournament at Tierra Del Sol next Monday, April 30, opportunities for qualifying for state are quickly escaping Valencia County golfers.

Los Lunas' Colby Kerr kept his hopes for a state invite alive by posting his first qualifying score of the season on the very tough Chamisa Hills Country Club course on Monday. Kerr shot an 80, good enough for sixth place at the Rio Rancho Invitational.

The Tiger golfer must now win the district event, with a qualifying score, to make the state tournament field, according to New Mexico Activities Association rules.

The only LLHS girls golfer, Monica Trujillo, who had already shot three qualifying scores, added another to her state résumé with a 95. Trujillo is now playing for a higher seeding at next month's state tournament, to be held in Socorro.

The Valencia High golfers were set to compete Tuesday in the East Mountain Invite at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course, an event set for after News-Bulletin press time. The event was not on the original schedule for either VHS or Los Lunas, and when coach Pat Sanchez forwarded a flier to LLHS athletic coordinator Andrew Saiz, he was told by Saiz "No — and that's my final answer."

Belen's Taylar Jaramillo finished fourth individually and posted her ninth qualifying score for the state tournament, where she should be one of the top seeds as the defending Class 4A state champion.

Tabet also noted that putting was the downfall for hopeful qualifier Martin Campbell, who shot an 86. Joseph Davis carded a 99, Kevin Garcia shot a 103 and Jeremy Jojola had a 114 for a team score of 402 on the official scorecard.

Tristan Wright shot a 109, according to Tabet, but the official results recorded a "no card" for the Belen golfer.

Even though the Belen team will not be able to qualify for state, Tabet noted that there is still plenty of motivation as the host team for district.

The Valencia boys team finished fifth with a team score of 387. Class 5A Cleveland won the invite with a score of 317. Sandia Prep was second at 343 and district foe Grants finished third with a 360. Host Rio Rancho was fourth, carding a 374.

Valencia was led by Cody Robinson with an 89, Tim Turnbow shot a 95, Jason McClung finished with a 97, Sam Swinney carded a 106, Elias Romero shot a 108, and Steve Garcia finished with 147.

Tori Torres shot a 106 for Valencia.

The Los Lunas boys team was led by Kerr's 80. Franco Brohard shot a 105; Kayle Miller carded a 114, and Jered Abeita recorded a 115 score for an official team score of 414.