CHS senior has drive to succeed

Clovis High senior Guillermo Chavez sports a 4.0 GPA. He will attend the University of New Mexico on a golf scholarship next fall. CNJ staff photo

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor

One way or another, Guillermo Chavez is always keeping score, aiming high in the classroom and low on the golf course.

It’s a combination of skills that earned the Clovis High senior a golf scholarship to one of the top Division I golf programs in the Southwest.

Chavez signed a national letter of intent last week to play golf at the University of New Mexico, a program that has produced several PGA players and is ranked fourth in the country this season.

A 4.0 student who is leaning toward business administration as a major, Chavez said his parents have always stressed the importance of a college education. He said it’s a bonus going to a nationally ranked program such as UNM.

“It’s always been one of my goals to be able to pay for college by playing golf,” said Chavez, who chose UNM over Texas Tech.

New Mexico coach Glen Millican said Chavez’ work in the classroom and his makeup are just as impressive as his golf skills.

“He’s a very complete student athlete and he’s a very nice young man,” Millican said. “He’s just a great kid to have on the team.
“I don’t see how you could go wrong with him.”

The fourth-year Lobos coach said Chavez’ high school and junior golf career are impressive — especially winning a Junior PGA tournament in Lubbock this summer.

But he also impressed with his play — or more specially his demeanor and determination — during a national tournament in Oregon when Chavez bounced back from an opening-round 82 to shoot a 70 the second day.

“We know he can win,” Millican said. “You can learn a lot about a kid when they’re not playing well. He showed he can come back from a bad round. That’s something that got my attention.”

In addition to producing four players currently playing on the PGA Tour and five others playing professional, UNM also has one of the top college golf courses in the country and a top-flight practice facility.

The Lobos carry 12 to 14 players on scholarship. The top five play on varsity and the next five play a junior varsity schedule.

“I don’t know if Guillermo is going to come in and contribute right away,” Millican said. “But sometime while he’s here I think he’s going to be a big contributor.”