Both the boys' and girls' teams from the year of the crash.
USW Golf Male Team, 2022
USW Golf Female Team, 2022
On March 15, 2022, the USW men’s and women’s golf team traveled to Midland, TX to play in the Tank Logix Collegiate tournament at the Ranchland Hills golf club. After a long day of golf, they were ready to head back to Hobbs. They had plans to wake up early the next morning to come back and play their last rounds. They decided to stop at chick-fil-A for a dinner that they couldn’t get back in Hobbs. Two of the golfers on the women’s team decided to stay with family and not travel with the team back to Hobbs. The rest of the kids and their coach got into the Ford sprinter van, pulling a small trailer filled with their golf clubs, and headed north on Hwy 1788. Traveling south on the same Hwy was a man and his 13-year-old son. The man had meth in his system and decided to drive anyways. About 8:17 p.m. his truck went into the north bound lane and hit the USW golf van head on. There was an instant fire along with multiple casualties. Laci, along with her coach Tyler James, as well as her teammates Karisa Raines, Jackson Zinn, Travis Garcia, Tiago Sousa, and Mauricio Sanchez, all lost their lives. The man and his son lost their lives as well. Miraculously, Hayden Underhill and Dayton Price survived the horrific accident and continue to heal from scars both literally and emotionally. While we continue to remember Laci and celebrate her life we will also celebrate the lives of her coach and teammates.
Four players returned to USW the following year to play for their school, continue their collegiate careers, as well as honoring their friends that were lost to this horrific accident. At the one year mark the Tank Logix tournament was held again on March 15. USW's golf team played in this meet in honor of the lost and they wore sweaters with the names of the seven.
Dayton Price and Hayden Underhill have both returned home to Canada for the time being to recover from their injuries. Both strong and spirited young men were able to return to Hobbs one short year after this tragedy and represented themselves, USW, and their lost friends while playing a round of golf at the Swing Fore Nine Memorial tournament. The Strength it had to of taken for them to walk their home course and honor this group in such a short time is truly amazing for all to see. we all continue to pray that their future is bright and healthy.