Colt golfers headed to State

Sergio Amieiro out of the sand trap at 12.

Sergio Amieiro out of the sand trap at 12.

 

After a massive drive off the 12th tee, Jaime Corella was left with  this short chip onto the green.

After a massive drive off the 12th tee, Jaime Corella was left with this short chip onto the green.

NMMI Sports Press

There’s just two players on the Colt boys’ golf team this season – seniors Sergio Amieiro and Jaime Corella – and both will get a chance to compete in the 2017 NMAA State Championships on May 8-9 at the Pinon Hills golf course in Farmington.

The NMMI duo got to play their home course on Thursday at the Last Chance Open; so-named because it is the final qualifying tournament of the year.

Amieiro had already earned all three legs needed to participate at State, but teammate Corella was still searching for one more.

Jaime Corella drive off the tee box at 13.

Jaime Corella drive off the tee box at 13.

“Jaime had to shoot 80 to get his third leg and make it to state,” said head coach Crae Fields. “Otherwise it was just going to be Sergio and I going up to Farmington. But he got it, shooting exactly 80, and now he’s going with us.”

“Sergio shot 73,” continued coach Fields. “That’s not real strong for him, but he finished second. A kid from Carlsbad shot 69. So, to have an off day and still be at 73, that’s pretty stout.”

Sergio Amierio with the birdie, draining this 20-footer from the back fringe on 12.

Sergio Amierio with the birdie, draining this 20-footer from the back fringe on 12.

Asked about the competition at state and the difficulty of playing one the top-rated golf courses in New Mexico, coach Fields had this to say: “Pinon Hills golf course is a super-tough track and I’m sure they’ll tip it out and slick it up for the A-AAAA championships. The better players will definitely have the advantage on that course – there’s no faking it there. Here [at NMMI GC] you can spray it and get away with it. You do that there and you’re dead.”

Coach Field finished by saying he’s pleased with his players’ performance. “I’m proud of my boys. It’s one thing to be a cadet and take care of business, but it’s another to be a cadet athlete.  I’m just glad to be a part of things and happy they’ll both get a shot to compete at state.”

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