Farley going to state but Cibola sweeps Gila Ridge
According to Gila Ridge gofler Wynne Farley, she got very specific instructions on Wednesday from government teacher – and former boys golf coach – David Schultz.
One state qualifying score away from making the Division I Girls State Golf Championship, Farley had a chance to hit it against Cibola at Desert Hills.
“He told me ‘If you don’t shoot a 46, don’t bother coming in Thursday,’” Farley said though laughter. “Now I can rub it in his face that I shot a 46 and get to go to state.”
The senior will be able to attend class tomorrow, shooting that 46 to qualify, although her Hawks lost 218-241 to the Raiders.
The Cibola boys made it a sweep, topping Gila Ridge 170-176. Coach Cam Cong said it was the first time in at least five years the Raiders had topped the Hawks.
Kody Fiser hit his second state qualifying score with a 37, while Gary Wisener was a stroke off from his third qualifying score with a 39.
“He’s our wild card,” Cong said of Wisener. “He’s one of those players, where Kody is a little more consistent, Gary can go low. But he’s had a couple 46s. But you like those players because they go for it. That’s how you get the low scores. You go for it sometimes.”
Fiser said he was hoping to get the second qualifying score Wednesday.
“It’s really important to me cause we need at least five,” Fiser said. “I wanted to get one out here because it’s our home course, but I’ll have to work through it more and get some at Las Barrancas and Cocopah.”
Cong said it was the play of Wisener and Fiser that helped the Raiders notch the rare win against the Hawks.
“The biggest thing about Kody is when you shoot a 39, it’s a bad day,” Cong said. “Everybody else would give their right arm for a 39. The window is very small. He’s been playing very well. It’s a different level at his game.”
The Hawks don’t have to be down for long, coach James Kuzniak said. The teams meet next week at Las Barrancas in the Foothills.
“First time we’ve lost to them in a few years, so I hope it’s a wake-up call for the guys,” Kuzniak said. “They played lights out. Fiser shot his tail off and so did Gary. Hats off to them.
“They have to turn the page and get over it,” he said. “Once tomorrow strikes you have to turn the page. We have them on our home course, so we have the advantage. I think we’ll be ready to go on Tuesday.”
Jacob Preacher and Ben Jackson each shot a 42 for the Hawks, whose only qualifying score this year came from Preacher.
While Farley went low for the Hawk girls, the Raiders used a balanced attack for their win. No. 3 golfer Emely McCoy shot a 50, Dennise Carrasco shot a 53 and Lisa Lerma a 54 out of the No. 2 spot.
“We all improved, every player in the top 5,” Cibola coach Chad Williams said of his team, which has lost just once this year to Yuma High. “Everyone had a better day. Our top three players can play at No. 1 right now. They all play so close. Our No.3 moved up to No. 2 today. We have three girls all vying for that No. 1 spot.”
It will be the first trip to state for Farley.
“Sophomore year I was missing by one, so it’s very nice to have my senior year and be able to go to state,” Farley said. “It was a full driving force for me. I like to have my senior year be with a bang.”