Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

All Signs Suggest '03 Will Again Be Year of Tiger.(Final)

Byline: Ken Sickenger Journal Staff Writer

* Alamogordo has talent, experience and home-course advantage

ALAMOGORDO Bloated by home cooking, oversleeping in their own beds and bitten by a home-course disadvantage.

Big-school girls golfers from around the state wouldn't mind seeing all the aforementioned maladies afflict the Alamogordo Tigers this week.

That's because the Tigers seem to be holding all the aces for the girls portion of the Class 5A state golf tournament, which tees off today and concludes Tuesday. Consider:

* Alamogordo has five players deemed capable of winning this season's individual medalist honors: seniors Kelli Dalpes, Jodi Hitchcock, Jackie LaBonte, Kristin O'Dell and junior Destini Esquero.

* All five are pressure-tested, having helped the Tigers win back-to-back team championships the past two seasons. …

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