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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.”

Colt golfers get second at state tourney

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The members of the Colt golf team pose for a pic with their 2nd Place Team trophy. Left to right: head coach Crae Fields, Jaime Corella, Sergio Amieiro, Blake Estes, Pongyong Thongyai, NMMI assistant pro Randy Doerhoefer.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Sergio Amieiro sunk this 6-foot putt on No. 15 for birdie.

Sergio Amieiro sunk this 6-foot putt on No. 15 for birdie.

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.

Short chip onto the green at No. 15 by Jaime Corella.

Short chip onto the green at No. 15 by Jaime Corella.

“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.

Pongyong Thongyai wit h the putt on the green at 15.

Pongyong Thongyai with the putt for birdie on 13, a short 127 yard par-3.

“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.”

Start the driver fore-swing by Blake Estes on the tee box at No. 16.

Start the driver fore-swing by Blake Estes on the tee box at No. 16.

“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

Sergio Amieiro tends the pin on the green at 15.

Sergio Amieiro tends the pin on the green at 15.

Blake Estes eyes his tee shot on hole 16.

Blake Estes eyes his tee shot on hole 16.

Jaime Corella walks up the fairway on No. 15.

Jaime Corella walks up the fairway on No. 15.

NMMI's Pongyong Thongyai walks up to the green on 13 along with a player from the Socorro team.

NMMI’s Pongyong Thongyai walks up to the green on 13 along with a player from the Socorro team.

Colt golfers trail Socorro, but still in the running at state tourney

Pongyong Thongyai par putt on the green at No. 4.

Pongyong Thongyai par putt on the green at No. 4.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Sergio Amieiro contemplates the break previous to a birdie putt on No. 4.

Sergio Amieiro contemplates the break previous to a birdie putt on No. 4.

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.”

Blake Estes chips over the sand trap, onto the green at No. 8.

Blake Estes chips over the sand trap, onto the green at No. 8.

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.

Jaime Corella putt for par on hole No. 4.

Jaime Corella putt for par on hole No. 4.

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

Sergio Amieiro off the tee at No. 5.

Sergio Amieiro off the tee at No. 5.

Driver off the tee by Pongyong Thongyai on No. 5.

Driver off the tee by Pongyong Thongyai on No. 5.

Jaime Corella takes one last look down the fairway before his tee shot on No. 5.

Jaime Corella takes one last look down the fairway before his tee shot on No. 5.

Blake Estes tee shot on the 560-yard, par 5 at No. 9.

Blake Estes tee shot on the 560-yard, par 5 at No. 9.

Colt team, Amieiro win district golf titles

Colt golf at District

The Colt golf team earned a team district championship, an individual title and two other top 10 finishes. Pictured from left, Jaime Corella, Pongyong Thongyai, Blakes Estes, coach Crae Fields and Sergio Amieiro.

Karen Boehler
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

‘Another success story’ for Colt golfers

The Colt golf team's winning score of 298 shows just above the shoulder of Blake Estes as the team poses for a championship photo. From left to right, Pongyong Thongyai, Estes, coach Crae Fields, Sergio Amieiro and Jaime Corella.

The Colt golf team’s winning score of 298 shows just above the shoulder of Blake Estes as the team poses for a championship photo. From left to right, Pongyong Thongyai, Estes, coach Crae Fields, Sergio Amieiro and Jaime Corella.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Sergio Amieiro gets the ball to the hole. Amieiro won his third individual title of the season Thursday with a 5-under-par.

Sergio Amieiro gets the ball to the hole. Amieiro won his third individual title of the season Thursday with a 5-under-par.

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.

Blake Estes watches after a shot from the fairway. Estes improved his score by more than a dozen strokes Thursday, helping the COlts to a team victory.

Blake Estes watches after a shot from the fairway. Estes improved his score by more than a dozen strokes Thursday, helping the COlts to a team victory.

“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.”

Jaime Corella checks his shot before going for the green.

Jaime Corella checks his shot before going for the green.

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

Colt senior Pongyong Thongyai lets the ball sail.

Colt senior Pongyong Thongyai lets the ball sail.