Wildcats golf post the lowest team score in seven seasons

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Joseph Seballos tees off and watches his ball sail down the fairway. The Morenci junior is in the No. 1 slot for the Wildcats. Morenci is in the Benson Invitational on Tuesday, May 2 and in the Metro Invitational on May 5-6 to conclude the regular season.

Medina cards personal 9-hole best 39

By Raymundo Frasquillo

SAFFORD – It was the eighth multi-meet attended, the third meet of the month, the third time on the same course, and another opportunity to improve for the Morenci golf team this season.

“We had the lowest team score since I began coaching the team,” seventh-year head coach David Gonzales said.

Morenci topped Benson 178-209. Three schools were represented during the April 19 meet, but one was a player short of having a full team.

Additionally, junior Joshua Medina carded a personal best 39 or three under for the par 36 Mount Graham 9-hole course. He was one under in the 355-yard one hole, at par in four holes, and one over in the other four holes.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Joshua Medina replaces a marker with his ball for a short putt. The Morenci junior carded a personal best 39 at the Mount Graham Golf Course on April 19. Morenci topped Benson with a 7-year low 178-209.

Junior Joseph Seballos posted a 45, and both junior Frankie Morales and freshman Zachary Montoya 47 apiece. Freshman Rey Aguilar notched a 60 and the sixth team member, junior Tristen Sanchez, was unable to attend.

For the Bobcats, freshman Bianka Goerke was five over with a 41, senior Logan Garza 47, senior Kayleanna Dallaportes 57, and junior Sebastian Pajak 64. Benson fifth player freshman Jackson Garza had a 69.

The order of finish for the 13 meet participants was Medina first (39); Goerke second (41); Seballos third (45); Logan Garza, Montoya, and Morales tied for fourth (47), Safford junior Alexander Zamora seventh (53), Safford freshman Bryant Coy eighth (55), Safford sophomore Hunter Terrazas ninth (56), Dallaportes tenth (57), Aguilar 11th (60), Pajak 12th (64), and Jackson Garza 13th (69).

The Wildcats participated in the Benson multi-meet on Feb. 28, the Miami multi-meet on March 2, the Pima multi-meet on March 8, the Willcox multi-meet on March 22, Thatcher’s Tommie Medina Invitational on March 23-24, the Benson multi-meet on March 28, Willcox’ Sandy Cook Invitational on March 31, the Glendale Prep multi-meet on April 6, the Tucson Andrada Polytechnic multi-meet on April 10, the Safford multi-meet on April 19, and the Benson multi-meet on April 25.

This week (May 1-6), Morenci is in the Benson Invitational on Tuesday, May 2, and in Sun City for the two-day Metro Invitational on May 5-6. The state meet is in Tucson on May 8-9.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Bianka Goerke follows her drive to see where it lands. The Benson freshman had a 41 or second-best low during a multi-meet in Safford on April 19.