The Trooper Boys' Golf team stormed back from fourth place in the second round of the Far West Texas Invitational tournament Saturday at Painted Dunes Golf Course to snatch second place, catching and passing both Franklin and Houston St. Thomas. Sophomore Michael Salazar led the team with a three over par 147, taking the silver medal for 2nd place individually. The team score for round two was 299, 11 over par, which is the lowest team score for the Troopers (boys) in 25 years. Senior Chucky Quijas bounced back from an opening round 12 over par 84 to shoot a second round 73 (one over par), and Junior Michael Garcia fired an even par 72 after an opening 80, to match the low round of the day. Junior Jacob Martinez followed up a first round 84 with an 81, and freshman Noah Gutierrez shot 79-80. Playing as an individual, Senior Joey Soule posted scores of 90-87.
In the girls' division, the Lady Troopers finished second behind the Coronado T-Birds. The girls turned in a team score of 369 for the first round at Fort Bliss' difficult Sunrise course, and followed that on Saturday with a 393 at Painted Dunes. Senior Deana Portillo led the team with rounds of 80-85 to take fifth place individually. Junior Krysten Weygant posted rounds of 94-96, good for 11th place, and Senior Cande Duran shot 94-103, good enough for 14th place. Sophomore Ally Chavez had rounds of 101-109, and Junior Italia Solis shot 112-110. The Lady Troopers will play the final tournament of the fall season next Friday and Saturday at Ascarate and Painted Dunes golf courses in the Bel Air Invitational.