ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Cleveland Storm girls golf team has it’s first state title in class 6A.
The Galloway sisters, Jacque and Dominique, led the way for the Storm finishing first and second on the individual board. Dominique went into the final round with a three stroke lead and chance at history. She was trying to become the first girl to win four consecutive titles in New Mexico big school golf.
Her final round did not go as planned. With the emotion of playing with her sister in high school one final time weighing on her, Dominique struggled to a final round 83. That’s ten strokes worse than the score that gave her the opening round lead.
Despite the struggle Dominique still managed to land in second place eight strokes behind her little sister and individual champ Jacque.
“I wanted to win but, I wanted her to do better than what see did,” said Jacque. “I know she is kind of disappointed. She probably wanted to go out a little bit better but, I am so proud of her.”
Dominique was just thankful to see her little sister and team win.
“Very proud of my team especially my sister because I didn’t play my best today, but she did. So I am the happiest big sister ever,” said Dominique.
As a team, the Storm beat the competition by a whopping 40 strokes. La Cueva finished second, followed by Clovis.
The La Cueva Bears claimed the championship in boys 6A. The team victory was the Bears first at state since the 2011 season.
Kevin Kim led the Bears, winning the individual title with two rounds of even par 72. Tyler Cox of Hobbs finished second on the individual board.
“I mean it’s just a dream come true,” said Kim. “We came so close last year, leading by one after the first day but ended up losing by three. This year feels so nice, me winning solo and us as a team.”
Last year’s back to back champion Cleveland finished second in boys team results. Hobbs finished third.