Two local golfers enjoying different paths to success
July 17, 2019 06:30 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Like any tee shot, you never know which direction life will take you.
Cleveland High School graduate Alejandro Armijo spent his freshmen season playing golf at Oregon Tech.
“It was tough adjusting, not only because of college but I was 34 states away,” he said. “I was two airplane rides away so it was hard to adjust but I was in a good program, really nice courses."
After a successful first year, Armijo is taking on new challenge.
He transferred to Oklahoma Christian, moving him up two divisions in the college level.
“It's a top program and to be able to play there is a privilege,” Armijo said. “I'm glad that coach Lanny gave me an opportunity and a scholarship to go play at Oklahoma Christian.”
Hope Christian graduate Slater Sivage started college on the West Coast at California Lutheran.
After one year, he transferred back home to UNM.
He sat out this season and watched the Lobos win a Mountain West title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
“It was awesome,” Sivage said. “I learned a lot from the players. There was a lot of great players and I just enjoyed just picking up stuff that they were putting down for me.”
This year, Sivage will compete for a spot in the starting lineup.
In the meantime, he’s spending the summer trying to elevate his game in the place he grew up.
“Being home, I had a lot of friends here too. You just have to be very organized with school and especially playing division one golf it's a whole new ballgame,” Sivage said.
Updated: July 17, 2019 06:30 PM
Created: July 17, 2019 05:54 PM
Copyright 2019 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved