N.M. - Jessica Dailleboust and Lamonte Billy finished strong during
the final 18 holes to earn national championships during the second
National Native American Junior Golf Championships Thursday.
The junior golf championships, held at Brack Mesa Golf Course on
the Santa Clara Pueblo, were sponsored by the Native American Sports
Council of Colorado Springs, Colo.
For the second consecutive year, Dailleboust and Billy earned individual
Eighty-four Native American male and female contestants competed
on three golf courses in the Santa Fe vicinity. The tournament included
73 male and 11 female competitors.
Aikta Verma, NASC project coordinator, said the tournament was a
had fun," Verma said. "There was three days of excellent
competition. Jessica (Dailleboust) and Lamonte (Billy) defended
their championships. Overall everything went as planned."
A developmental clinic was held each day by various golf pros.
developmental clinic was a great success," Verma noted. "The
kids learned a lot and took knowledge about the game home. Everyone
enjoyed the developmental clinics, which were held each of the three
days of competition."
Navajo PGA Golfer Notah Begay III, taking time off his busy schedule,
conducted a golf clinic for 150 Native American youth at Cochiti
Lake Golf Course, home of the second round of the junior golf tournament.
The participants had an opportunity to interact with Begay, receiving
an autograph from native America's most famous golfer.
Begay demonstrated personal and professional techniques of putting.
The one-hour clinic focused on improving and polishing the skills
is an honor to be here," Begay, who is competing in PGA Tournament
in Castle Rock, Colo., today through Sunday, said. "It feels
great to be able to give back to not only to the sport, but also
to the native community."
Begay added, "My advice for Native Americans golfers trying
to get more exposure is to try and be more involved in tournaments
like these. And to keep playing the game, stay focused and remember
that there is always room for improvement."
Begay finished up his day interacting with junior golfers and their
families by attending a dinner. A large crowd gathered around the
professional golfer as he sat in the middle of five different families
and informally talked about life and golf.
In between eating and talking, Begay signed autographs and asked
the golfers how their scores for the day were.
Dailleboust shot a 230 during the three days of competition and
54 holes en route to winning the female national title for the second
Dailleboust, Navajo Times All-Area All-Star Girl's Golfer of the
Year while playing at Hope Christian School in Albuquerque, carded
a 78 during the opening round.
Dailleboust and Glynnis Price were knotted at 78 during the opening
round. Dailleboust played steady during the second round, finishing
with a 78. Price managed an 85.
completed the final round with a 74 and Price settled for a 77.
Price completed the 54 holes with a 240.
shot a 72 during the first 18 holes. Hunter Nickell was in first
place after shooting a 71 on opening day. Billy carded a 76 while
Nickell finished with a 77 in the second round. Billy and Nickell
were tied at 148 heading into the final day of competition.
posted a 71 during the final day while Nickell shot an 83, winning
the male national championship by 12 strokes. Billy finished with
a 219 and Nickell posted a 231.
the awards ceremony, Dailleboust, girls Division I national champion,
thanked everyone who has supported her and says she is looking forward
to playing next year.
also thanked his supporters and unfortunately will not return next
year, because he will be playing college golf in Jacksonville, Fla.
Fiorina Chanet claimed top honors in the female Division II. Chanet
carded a 328. Larue Dailleboust copped runners-up honors, shooting
shot rounds of 116, 108 and 104. Dailleboust finished the opening
round with a 113. She followed with rounds of 113 and 120.
Webster Jr. bounced back from third place during the opening round
to championship honors in the male Division II category.
shot a 78 during the first 18 holes. Kelly Autaubo, who finished
second place, led the opening round with a 72. Len Necefer, who
claimed third place, was in second place after the first 18 holes.
carded a 75 and a 78, finishing four strokes ahead of Autaubo's
235. Autaubo posted an 85 and 78. Necefer carded a 78 and 84, finishing
with a 238.