BHS golfers hope to benefit from fall tourneys

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The focus for Belen golf in 2013 will be vastly different than last season.

The Eagles lose one of the top golfers in the school's history with the graduation of Taylar Jaramillo. The date circled on the calendar last year was the Class 4A State Tournament, where Jaramillo won her second state title at the New Mexico Tech course in Socorro.

Those dates are circled again this year, but for a different reason. Now, it is to just get Martin Campbell qualified to participate in the tourney at New Mexico State in Las Cruces on May 13 and 14.

Campbell has never qualified for state, but has a real shot at it this year, according to coach Craig Tabet.

"The main focus is to get Marty to state," said Tabet. "We need to get him his three legs. That is the goal."

To qualify for state, a golfer must shoot below the course qualifying mark in three different tournaments.

The Eagles have six tournaments left, having competed in four in the fall.

They begin with the Seery Invite in Socorro on Monday, March 25.

The boys team is solid with numbers with Joseph Davis, Carlos Sanchez, Kevin Garcia and Tristen Wright all returning.

Twins Dustin and Jeremy Jojola will be in the mix to start in various tournaments.

Garcia missed the fall tournaments because he was playing football.

Tabet noted that developing players is now the goal, especially for the girls.

"After Taylar left, a lot of the girls lost interest," said Tabet. "There are a few potential girls, but they are going to be young. I am going to be developing them a lot."

Tabet explained that it was a great opportunity for young players to learn the sport.

There are no firm commitments on the girls side right now, and it looks as if the team might be comprised mostly of eighth graders.

"You have to make sure they don't get bored," Tabet said. "The grip is probably the number one thing, because that is what connects you to the club."

Belen is scheduled to host the Abby Piaz tournament at Tierra Del Sol golf course on April 15. The tournament may be small this year because of some conflicting tournaments.

"I was thinking about trying to change it because it is on spring break for Belen," said Tabet. "It is going to be a smaller tournament because on that same day there is a tournament in Los Alamos."

The team will also play at the Grants tournament on April 18, the Albuquerque Academy tourney on April 8 and the Albuquerque Public Schools tourney on April 9.

Tabet is looking to add one more tourney, hopefully in Las Cruces, before the district tournament the week of May 6.


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