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Colt team, Amieiro win district golf titles

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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.

Colt golfers battle winds in Hobbs

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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

Amieiro wins Spring Classic; Colt team qualifies for state

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Sergio Amieiro with a 20′ birdie attempt on No. 8.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

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Just off the fairway on No. 7, Jaime Corella with the mid iron to the green.

It was another good day for the Colt golf team, especially junior Sergio Amieiro, who took the individual title at the Roswell Spring Classic with a two-day 65-73—138.

Day 2 of the 36-hole tournament wasn’t quite as special for Amieiro — he shot a one-over par 73 and had to hold off Hope Christian’s Slater Sivage — but he still finished the entire tournament under par, and helped his team earn their third leg to state.

“I am super proud of Sergio,” said coach Crae Fields. “He held it together. That guy is a class act. And all my kids are great. What’s funny about golf, is it doesn’t matter whether you’re shooting 89 or 69, it’s still a struggle. And the way my boys handle struggle is very inspirational.”

One player who handled struggle well was Blake Estes. Estes is the fourth player on a four-player team, meaning no matter what he shoots, his number is counted. And after shooting a 100 Monday, he shaved off nine strokes Tuesday.

5' birdie try for Pongyong Thongyai on No. 5

5′ birdie try for Pongyong Thongyai on No. 5

“It’s hard enough, after that happens to you, to show up and put yourself through the misery again,” Fields said. “It says something about somebody’s character.”

Pongyong Thongyai also shaved off four strokes from Monday, shooting 73 to finish tied for No 10 individually. And while Jaime Corella had a rougher day, the team 321 was still enough for that state leg.

That means the remaining three tournaments — at Hobbs April 26; the NMMI Last Chance Open two days later; and the District 4AAAA meet May 2 at Spring River, home of the state tournament.

“That gives them another opportunity to hone their skills and be more familiar with their surroundings, so when the state championship happens everyone is going to be optimally prepped,” Fields said.

Chip onto the green at No. 7 for Blake Estes.

Chip onto the green at No. 7 for Blake Estes.

Roswell Spring Classic results

Team — 1, Socorro, 294-300-594; 2, Hobbs, 303-302—605; 3, Clovis, 302-318—620; 4, Hope Christian, 316-311—627; 5, St. Michael’s, 310-323-633; 6, NMMI, 316-321—637; Carlsbad, 306-333-639; Artesia, 319-328—647; Silver City, 325-330—655; Portales, 327-331—658; Ruidoso, 345-341—686; Deming, 331-359—690; Alamogordo, 341-373—714; Lovington, 359-372—731; Goddard, 406-377—783;

NMMI — 1, Sergio Amieiro, 65-73—138; 9, Pongyong Thongyai, 77-73—150; Jaime Corella, 74-84—158; Blake Estes, 100-91—191

Top 10 individuals — 1, Sergio Amieiro, 65-73—138; 2, Slater Sivage, HCHS, 71-68—139; 3, Brett Anaya, SHS, 73-69—142; 4, Tyler Cox, HHS, 71-72—143; 5, Ricky Silva, SHS, 70-76—146; 6 (tie), David Maldonado, CHS, 74-74—148; Allen Sanchez, SMHS, 74-74—148; Jake Andreis, RHS, 74-74—148; 9 (tie), Pongyong Thongyai, 77-73—150; Christian Fontanilla, CHS, 74-76—150

Amieiro sizzles; Colts get second team leg

Gotta play them as they lie: off the fairway at No. 17, Sergio Amieiro powers through the dirt surrounding a gopher hole on his second shot.

Gotta play them as they lie: off the fairway at No. 17, Sergio Amieiro powers through the dirt surrounding a gopher hole on his second shot.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

On the 17th fairway, Pongyong Thongyai lines up his second shot, about 150 yards out from the pin.

On the 17th fairway, Pongyong Thongyai lines up his second shot, about 150 yards out from the pin.

Colt golfer Sergio Amieiro continues to burn up every course he plays. Monday, on the opening day of the Roswell Spring Classic, Amieiro shot a blistering 65, seven shots under par and five shots ahead of his closest competitor, Ricky Silva from Socorro.

He was playing on his home NMMI golf course, but coach Crae Fields was still impressed.

“Sergio had one of those lights-out days that everybody strives for. He got to experience what everyone dreams of,” Fields said. “That’s a substantial number. I’ve been playing golf for 40 years, and my low on that golf course is 64. He’s 17 years old, and like I’ve been saying all along, I think he’s got what it takes to get to the big show.”

While his teammates didn’t shoot quite as well — “Some struggled, some didn’t, that’s the game,” the coach said — both Jaime Corella (74) and Pongyong Thongyai (77) earned their third individual legs to state.

Blake Estes chips over the sand trap guarding the right side of the green at No. 1.

Blake Estes chips over the sand trap guarding the right side of the green at No. 1.

Blake Estes had a tough day, but even with his high score — a number the Colts have to count because they only have four players — NMMI still got its second team leg.

“One of my guys had one of those character-building days that we always talk about — he shoots 100 — and we still got a team leg,” Fields said. “That’s how good we really are.”

The 318 NMMI shot would have qualified at any class, breaking the A-AAAA mark by 17 strokes.

As a team, the Colts finished Day 1 of the tourney tied for sixth — A-AAAA Socorro led the pack with a 294 — and they’ll be back at it Tuesday at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. Asked if Amieiro can do it again, Fields said he shot 68 on the “hard as rocks” Rockwind Golf Course in Hobbs the first time he ever played the course, and par at Spring River on a cold, blustery day.

Jaime Corella finishes his tee shot on the par 5 hole at 18.

Jaime Corella finishes his tee shot on the par 5 hole at 18.

“This is going to be the fourth time he’s stepping on Spring River, and the weather seems like it’s going to be nice, and while you never can tell because it’s golf, I expect him to shoot 60 something tomorrow also.”

As far as the rest of the squad, “We’ll just keep trying, that’s the big thing,” Fields said.

Spring Invitational Day 1:

Team results — 1, Socorro, 294; 2, Clovis, 302; 3, Hobbs, 303; 4, Carlsbad, 306; 5, St. Michael’s, 310; 6, (tie) NMMI, Hope Christian, 316; 8, Artesia, 319; 9, Silver, 325; 10, Portales 327; 11, Deming, 331; 12, Alamogordo, 341; 13, Ruidoso, 345; 14, Loving, 359; 15, Goddard, 404

Top 10 individuals — 1, Sergio Amieiro, NMMI, 65; 2, Ricky Silva, SHS, 70; 3 (tie), Slater Sivage, HCHS; Tyler Cox, HHS, 71; 5, Paul Heaton, CBD, 72; 6, Brett Anaya, SHS, 73; 7 (tie) Jaime Corella, NMMI; Christian Fontanilla, CHS; Allen Sanchez, SMHS; Dennis Woods, SHS, 74

NMMI individual results — Sergio Amieiro, 65; Jaime Corella, 74; Pongyong Thongyai, 77; Blake Estes, 100

Day 1 of the two-day tourney is done - time to relax with a cold Coke and and a hot dog.

Day 1 of the two-day tourney is done – time to relax with a cold Coke and and a hot dog.