St. Michael’s Padilla wins girls title
Sometimes too much information is a bad thing.
That’s exactly why St. Michael’s girls golf coach Robin Martinez put the lockdown on information getting to Carsia Padilla during Saturday morning’s final round of the Class 1A-3A State Golf Tournament in Hobbs.
Down by a single stroke after Friday’s wet and windy opening round, the Lady Horsemen junior headed home Saturday night with a seven-stroke victory and a second state title in three years. She and teammate Miquela Martinez, who finished fourth at 26-over 170, have each finished in the top four at state the last three years.
Padilla followed her opening round 78 with a tournament-low 76 on Saturday to finish at 10-over 154. She trailed Mesilla Valley’s Courtney Andersson coming into the final 18 holes but quickly seized control by shooting even par through the first eight holes.
She was just 1-over for the round by time she reached the 15th hole. Andersson was several holes behind, having teed off almost an hour after Padilla was on the course.
Padilla told Robin Martinez that she felt as though she was in good shape as she made her way through the back nine. Padilla was driving the ball well, her putts were falling and she was playing the course much better than she had in the first round.
Because of the live scoring provided by the New Mexico Activities Association, Martinez knew Padilla had first place basically sewn up. She just wasn’t telling her.
“There were about four holes to go and she looked at me and said, ‘I have a feeling you know what’s going on, but I think you’re not telling me,’ ” Martinez said. “She was right.”
Padilla bogeyed the par-3 15th and had a triple bogey on the par-5 16th, but finished with a birdie on 18.
Her 76 was four strokes better than anyone else on the course Saturday.
Alyssa Torres finished 14th overall. She improved her day-two total by two strokes and was three shots shy of a top-10 finish. She and Padilla are expected to return to the team as seniors while underclassmen Jayden Howley and Jillian Rodriguez are also due to return.
St. Michael’s finished tied for fourth in the team standings,
34 shots behind Mesilla Valley.
The boys tournament title went to Socorro, the only team that qualified for the event.
The individual championship went to Cottonwood Classical’s Alex Moores. He carded an 11-over 155 for a five-stroke victory.
Santa Fe Prep’s Fisher Hirsch finished eighth.
His 11-over 83 on Saturday was four strokes better than his opening round score. He finished at 26-over for the tournament, 15 shots behind Moores.
Class 1A-3A Golf
Friday/Saturday — Rockwind GC, Hobbs
1. Carisa Padilla, St. Michael’s 78-76—154 (+10)
2. Courtney Andersson, Mesilla Valley 77-84—161 (+12)
3. Harley Richardson, Socorro 86-80—166 (+22)
4. Miquela Martinez, St. Michael’s 85-85—170 (+26)
5. Katie Ikard, Mesilla Valley 91-80—171 (+27)
6. Kylie Begay, Navajo Prep 94-93—187 (+43)
7. Kaytlyn Queener, Texico 97-91—188 (+44)
8. Emily DelaRosa, Texico 104-93—197 (+53)
(tie) Lauren Buffett, Bosque 102-95—197 (+53)
10. Macki Bilbrey, Texico 104-95—199 (+55)
(tie) Hayley Barker, Mesilla Valley 97-102—199 (+55)
14. Alyssa Torres, St. Michael’s 102-100—202 (+28)
22. Jayden Howley, St. Michael’s 143-127—270 (+126)
23. Lillian Rodriguez, St. Michael’s 182-156—338 (+194)
1. Alex Moores, Cottonwood Classical 82-73—155 (+11)
2. Joshua Walsh, Socorro Warriors 78-82—160 (+16)
3. Jeremiah Avery, Socorro Warriors 87-74—161 (+17)
4. Tyler Lingnau, Clovis Christian 83-80—163 (+19)
5. Jaxon Arguello, Tucumcari 87-77—164 (+20)
(tie) James Woods, Socorro 81-83—164 (+20)
7. Brannan Artman, Hot Springs 83-82—165 (+21)
8. Fisher Hirsch, Santa Fe Prep 87-83—170 (+26)
9. Andrew Carrillo, Socorro 82-90—172 (+28)
10. Tanner Croom Hot Springs 90-90—180 (+36)
11. Caleb Sager, Socorro 116-95—211 (+67)