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NMMI Sports Press
There’s a saying in golf that every stroke counts, and never was that truer than Tuesday, when the Colt golf team took second at the state AAAA tournament by a mere one stroke over Hope Christian.
Socorro ran away with the title — tallying a two day 614 — but for NMMI, it came down to some very important shots.
On 18, Pongthong Thongyai hit a 45-footer up the hill, knocking it in for par. Jaime Corella “could have turned 18 into a triple bogey easy, but he made a putt from the front that was probably 15, 17 feet. Those two don’t go in, we don’t get second,” said Institute coach Crae Fields. “It’s like I told them. Never give up. Every single shot counts and remember that for the rest of your life. So if that sticks with them, hopefully this experience will instill that permanently.”
Of the 40 players competing on the boys side of the tourney, there was only one under-par performance in two days, a testament to how tough the course at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River was.
“This golf course, the greens were U.S. Open style,” Fields said. “He didn’t water. They were firm. They were slick and these guys had a serious grind today. I’m proud of every single one of them.”
Sergio Amieiro didn’t have the highlight-reel days he’s had much of the season, but didn’t sound disappointed with his fifth-place finish.
“You always cannot play good,” he said. “This was not my tournament, but we will have more tournaments in the future.”
And he was happy the team did what they needed to to bring home a trophy.
“It makes me feel good for the team,” he said. “We did our best. We didn’t have good scores today, but we finished in second place. We did it.”
And, they did it with only four golfers, something Fields has been stressing all season and that makes the finish that much more remarkable.
“If you think about that, we’re running on 80 percent while everyone else is running on 100, if you take it from a numeric standpoint,” the coach said. “So once again, I’m real proud of these boys for their grinding.”
“We didn’t have another NMMI player, so it was harder for us, but we made it work,” Amieiro said.
Three of the four Colts will be back as seniors next year — only Thongyai will graduate — so the goals are high for next season.
“My goal is to keep playing and get first place in state,” Amieiro said.
State tournament results
Team — 1, Socorro, 301-314— 615; 2, NMMI, 315-325—640; 3. Hope Christian, 320-321—641; 4, St. MIchael’s, 324-319—643; 5, Portales, 319-332—651; 6, Silver, 337-353—690; 7, Robertson, 348-355—703
All state individuals — 1, Thomas Tulk, PHS, 75-73—148; 2, Sean Moore, Soc, 76-74—150; 3 (tie), Ricky Silva, Soc, 75-76—151; Brett Anaya, Soc, 71-80—151; 5, Sergio Amieiro, NMMI, 78-75—153; 6. Marshall Spingler, St. MIchael’s, 76-78—154
NMMI results — 5, Sergio Amieiro, 78-75—153; 10, Pongthong Thongyai, 78-80—158; 11, Jaime Corella, 76-83—159; 22, Blake Estes, 83-87—170
NMMI Sports Press
The Colt’s No. 1 golfer had a rough start at the state tournament, triple bogeying his first hole on the home town Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. But while Sergio Amieiro didn’t shoot the lights out like he has most of this season, the sophomore picked up the pace to finish with a 78, just seven strokes behind leader Brett Anaya of Socorro.
“What a rough way to start anything,” said coach Crae Fields, describing Amieiro’s disastrous first hole. “And to start that way with a momentary lapse of reason, it’s impressive that he recovered from that.”
But even with that lower-than-usual score, the rest of the NMMI golfers shot well enough to put the team in second place, 14 strokes behind the Socorro Warriors.
“They say you can’t win a tournament on the first day but you sure can lose it the first day, and we didn’t lose it the first day,” Fields said. “We can always do better. Everyone can always do better. Fourteen shots is definitely not insurmountable, but we’ve got to be firing on all eight cylinders to pull it out.”
The Colts got a solid effort from Jamie Corrella, who led NMMI with a 76 — “He played real good,” Fields said, and Blake Estes, who despite finishing bogey, double bogey, bogey, tallied an 83.
“He was on the way to breaking 80 for the first time this season, so he’s still evolving, which is nice to see,” the coach said.
Pongthong Thongyai matched Amieiro with a 78 to give them a team 315, second behind Socorro and four strokes ahead of Portales in third. Fields knows it’s not impossible for his players to close the gaps, either as individuals or as a team, but they’ve got to play well.
“Everybody’s got to have their head screwed on straight,” he said. “We don’t have all five guys, so for us to even be within 14, it’s really impressive.”
The tournament tees off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
AAAA State Golf results
Day 1, team — 1, Socorro, 301; 2, NMMI, 315; 3, Portales, 319; 4, Hope Christian, 320; 5, St. Michaels, 324; 6, Silver, 337; 7, Las Vegas Robertson, 348
Top 10 individuals — 1, Brett Anaya, Soc, 71; 2 (tie), Ricky Silva, Soc; Thomas Tulk, PHS, 75; 4 (tie), Jamie Corrella, NMMI; Sean Moore, Soc; Marshall Spingler, SMHS, 76; 7 (tie), Pongthong Thongyai, NMMI,; Sergio Amieiro, NMMI; Andrew Underbrink, PHS; Robert Gallegos, LVR; Trevor Benavidez, HCHS, 78
NMMI results — 4, Jamie Corrella, 76; 7, Pongthong Thongyai, 78; 7, Sergio Amieiro, 78; 17, Blake Estes, 83
NMMI Sports Press
Portales was breathing down the Colt golf team’s neck at the District 4A-AAAA meet Tuesday, but NMMI managed to pull out both a team and individual championship at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River, with three Institute golfers making the top 10.
The big difference in the final score was Blake Estes, who shot his second-best round of the season.
“Blake held it together nice,” said coach Crae Fields. “That was probably 10 shots better than the last time he stepped on this course.”
Pongyong Thongyai tallied a 78; Jamie Corrella struggled a bit, coming in with an 80; but Sergio Amieiro ran away with the individual title, despite shooting double bogey and bogey on 16 and 17.
“And he still shot 69,” Fields said. “He was on the road to a 65 or 66 and just had a little bit of hiccup on 16.”
That 69 — which came after a par on the final hole — gave him the individual title by eight strokes over his nearest competitor.
And besides facing the other golfers, Fields said the players had to face very unspringlike weather.
“It was cold this morning. It was brutal,” the coach said. “The wind was coming out of the north and it felt like it was about 35 degrees. It took most of the day to warm up. Just super proud of those boys. I figured that was how it was going to work, but you never know until you play.”
The Colts have one more tournament ahead of them: the AAAA state championship, which is set for May 8-9 at Nancy Lopez. Fields said they’ll probably tune up on the NMMI course before heading the few miles to make final preparations.
“I think we’ll keep ’em here and have them work on their short games, which is the main game,” he said. “It always comes down to a putting match, and our greens are pretty comparable to theirs. We will be there Sunday for a practice round, and that’s when we’ll educated ourselves about the pace of the greens and stuff like that. Until then, we’ll be doing what we’ve been doing. It’s a good spot where we’re in. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
District 4A-AAAA Championship results
Team — 1, NMMI, 313; 2, Portales, 317; 3, Ruidoso, 330; 4, East Mountain, 338; 5, Dexter, 378; 6, Jal, 416
Top 10 individials — 1, Sergio Amieiro, NMMI, 69; 2 (tie) Brayden McCall, EMHS; Andrew Underbrink, PHS, 77; 4 (tie), Pongyong Thongyai, NMMI; Mario Cordova, PHS, 78; 6 (tie), Tanner McCall, EMHS; Jaime Correla, NMMI, 80; 8 (tie), Thomas Tulk, PHS; Austin Davis, PHS,81; 10, Kyle Roark, EMHS, 82
NMMI results — 1, Sergio Amieiro, 69; 4 (tie), Pongyong Thongyai, 78; 6(tie), Jaime Correla, 80; 13, Blakes Estes, 86
NMMI Sports Press
The Colt golf team closed out their regular season with a pair of victories Thursday.
Playing at the Last Chance Open on their home course, NMMI won both the team title with a 298 — edging 6A Clovis by one stroke — and the individual title.
Sergio Amieiro won his third individual crown with a 5-under-par 67, beating Artesia’s Jake Craft and Wildcat Christian Fontanilla by one stroke.
“Another success story,” said coach Crae Fields. “The course was absolutely perfect. The weather was absolutely perfect.”
Jaime Corella just missed par with a 73 while Pongyong Thongyai tallied 76 and Blake Estes improved considerably, which was a big part of the team victory.
“Blake Estes is doing what I knew he could do all along. He feels a little bit easier about things out there and less stressed, and shot an 82,” Fields said. “The key with those guys, especially at that age, is to keep them calm. All the other stresses that they experience at the Institute don’t help me in my endeavors of keeping them calm. So it was cool that Blake calmed down and eased into himself.”
Overall, Fields was pleased with both his players and the spring winds, which Thursday held off long enough to get a good round played.
“It was like a switch,” he said. “As soon as everybody got done, the wind started. So we got lucky, in that aspect. And my guys are really tight; really focused; and I think we’re ready for district on Monday.”
Next up for the Colts is the District 4A-AAAA meet Monday at their home-away-from-home, the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. Fields thinks they’re ready to take that title.
“All we can do is live day by day,” he said. “Just like life. Live shot by shot and we’ll add them up at the end and see what it is. I feel real good about district. I’m certain that our competition isn’t as stout as it will be at state, but either way, we’ll just put our heads down and go.”
Last Chance Open results
Boys, team — 1, NMMI, 298; 2, Clovis, 299; 3, Artesia, 302; 4, Carlsbad, 309; 5, Lovington, 347; 6, Goddard, 361
Top 10 individuals — 1, Sergio Amieiro, 67; 2 (tie), Jake Craft, AHS; Christian Fontanilla, Clo, 68; 4, Jake Andreis, RHS, 71; 5, Deric Loving, GHS, 72; 6 (tie), Jaime Corella, NMMI; Caleb Morton, AHS, 73; 8, Brad Cole, CHS, 74; 9, Jake Foster, Clo, 75; 10 (tie), Pongyong Thongyai, NMMI; Jake Bowen, CHS; Jim Alpers, CHS, 76.
NMMI results — 1, Sergio Amieiro, 67; 6 (tie), Jaime Corella, 73; 10 (tie), Pongyong Thongyai, 76; 18, Blake Estes, 82
HOBBS — Three Colt golfers battled heavy winds at the Rockwind Golf Course in Hobbs Tuesday, with Sergio Amieiro tying for third after a playoff.
Colt coach Crae Fields said not only were the winds gusting to more than 45 mph, but the redesigned course was tough and new to all his players.
“That’s a big-boy golf course,” the coach said. “Anything between 78 and 82 (is good) in conditions like that.”
Amieiro shot an 80, tying with Carlsbad’s Brad Cole and Roswell’s Jake Andreis after 18 holes. After the Coyote made a 69-foot putt for par — “I stepped it off,” Fields said admiringly — Cole three-putted while Amieiro made his par, sending the remaining two golfers to the 10th hole.
But the Andreis birdied while Amieiro bogeyed, putting him officially in fourth.
Jaime Corella shot 88 while Blake Estes continued to improve, tallying a 96.
Despite already qualifying for state, the Colts will field a full team at the Last Chance Open at the Institute Thursday as a preparation for district and state.
“I want them to be comfortable with dealing with competition, and the more we can do that the better,” the coach said.
Buck Brandon Classic results
Team — 1, Hobbs, 314; 2, Clovis, 336; 3, Carlsbad, 349; 4, Artesia, 371; 5, Lovington, 379; 6, Dexter, 405
Top 10 individuals — 1, Brett Hudson, HHS, 74; 2, Tyler Cox, HHS, 78; 3 (tie), Jake Andreis, RHS; Sergio Amieiro, NMMI; Brad Cole, CHS, 80; 6 (tie), Marcus Berryman, HHS; Braxton Reynolds, HHS, 81; 9 (tie), Jake Foster, Clo; Christian Fontanilla, Clo; Hector Flores, AHS, 83