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Onate Men's Golf Team Sizzles in 2010 Dona Ana Classic First Round

Richard Puentes from Onate High waits for a putt to curl into the hole in Monday's first round.
Richard Puentes from Onate High waits for a putt to curl into the hole in Monday's first round.
Ty D. Ried, El Paso Golf Examiner

The first local spring tournament for high school golfers in Las Cruces began today with the first round of the 2010 Dona Ana Classic at Picacho Hills Country Club. The final round will be played tomorrow at New Mexico State University Golf Course.

It is no surprise that the course conditioning for these two superb championship courses will be near perfect at this time of year, but just three days after the largest wind storm of the season, players and coaches alike were grateful to begin their season on such a tremendous afternoon.

The boy’s competition is led by a group of fine local golfers from Onate High School who used their strength in scoring depth to seize an eight stroke lead over Deming. All four of the Knights scoring golfers on Monday hold a position in the top six for all individual scorers. Ian Christenson fired a first round 77 and enters the second round of the Classic tied for the lead with Derek Baeza and Derek Perales of Deming. Isaac Merry, of Onate, finds himself one stroke behind the leaders after a six-over par 78 on the demanding layout and will look forward to an exciting finish on the University Course which will ultimately separate the best from the rest.

The day was also highlighted by other local young golfers who took the opportunity provided by great scoring conditions including: Greg Patti of Mesilla Valley Christian with an 81 (5th place), Jacob Chavez of Mayfield and Aaron Morales and Richard Puentes both from Onate with an 83 (T-6th place), and Gabe Ontiveros of Chaparral and Scott Adler of Mesilla Valley Christian both with 84’s (T-9th place).

The weather is predicted to be even better tomorrow, and with first round competitive “jitters” out of the way, a highly talented crop of young talent should offer a fine exhibition that will be on display beginning early tomorrow morning in Las Cruces.

Boys Team Standings Score
Onate                                321
Deming                            329
Mesilla Valley                  348
Mayfield                            350
Carlsbad                          360
Hot Springs                     380
Gadsden                          381
Las Cruces                     386
Chaparral                        401
Santa Teresa                  420

Individual Team Score
Baeza, Derek,  Deming            77
Perales, Derek,  Deming         77
Christenson, Ian, Onate           77
Merry, Isaac, Onate,                  78
Patti, Greg, Mesilla Valley        81
Chavez, Jacob, Mayfield           83
Morales, Aaron, Onate             83
Puentes, Richard, Onate         83
Ontiveros, Gabe, Chaparral    84
Adler, Scott, Mesilla Valley       84
Porter, Jeramy, Carlsbad        85
Jackson, Cooper, Deming      85
Olson, Keenan, Gadsden       86
Okinga, Aaron, Mayfield           87
Richards, Jason, Mayfield       88
Soto, Mikey, Santa Teresa      88
Najera, Chase, Carlsbad       89
Waite, Jacob, Hot Springs      89
Decker, Chris, Mayfield           89

Corman, Zane            102
Najera, Chase             89
Enloe, Matt                    91
Ramirez, John             95
Porter, Jeramy             85

Juarqui, Roman         N/C
Ontiveros, Gabe          84
Mata, Joseph              105
Dominguez, Aaron      98
Macalister, Chris       114

Baeza, Derek               77
Perales, Derek            77
Renteria, Nate             90
Martinez, Gabe            92
Jackson, Cooper        85

Morales, Gilbert          98
Olson, Keenan           86
Samaniego, Andrew  93
Alvarez, Dosi              104
Ramirez, Galen         122

Hot Springs
Bowers, Tim                97
Waite, Jacob                89
Lish, Ty                         94
Dalrymple, Justin      100
Tooley, Evan               100

Las Cruces
Magallenes, Patric     93
Haddock, Ross          96
Watson, Bryce             96
Gillehan, Nick            104
Throneberry, Glen     101

Decker, Chris             89
Chavez, Jacob           83
Dickson, Reece         90
Richards, Jason        88
Willis, Jeremiah        96

Messilla Valley
Correa, Cody             91
Correa, Trey               92
Patti, Greg                  81
Adler, Scott                84
Vasey, Kyle                97

Merry, Isaac               78
Morales, Aaron         83
Christenson, Ian      77
Puentes, Richard     83
Bond, Brett                91

Santa Teresa
Soto, Mikey                   88
Canndorsa, Nathan   105
Davee, Cameron        128
Nanez, Julian              113
Porter, Nestor              114



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