Gutierrez keeps up with kids

Joe Wright of Clovis takes a look at his putting line on the 18th hole during the Clovis city golf tournament Saturday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Wright shot a 76 for the round. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

Defending city tournament champion David Gutierrez is just happy he can compete with the young guns.

Still, he figures he’s got a good round in him yet after back-to-back 69s left the 50-year-old Clovis business tied for second place with 2005 Clovis High grad Travis Reid.

Former CHS golfer Robert Goff, a senior at New Mexico State University, has a three-stroke lead heading into today’s final 18 holes at Clovis Municipal Golf Course.

“The young kids are pretty strong and they’re good golfers,” said Gutierrez, who has won the tournament four times. “I just love the competition. The years I’ve won it, those kids were usually in junior golf. It’s nice to be able to play and compete with them.”

First-year Municipal pro Charlie Maciel made this a three-day tournament for the first time. He also decided to name the flights in boxer’s terms, calling what would normally be Championship Flight “heavyweight” on down to “lightweight” for the final division.

Reid shot a 6-under 65 on Friday for a one-shot lead over Goff, his former CHS teammate, but struggled with his putter in Saturday’s round and skied to a 73.

“Today I probably hit it better than yesterday,” said Reid, who is headed for the University of New Mexico’s golf program this fall. “But that’s how the game is. Yesterday I didn’t do anything special (to shoot 65).”

Gutierrez said he was allowed to play early on Saturday because of a birthday party for his young son. He said he missed the competition provided by the likes of Goff and Reid, who teed off later in the day.

“Those kids have gotten better every year,” Gutierrez said. “It’s an honor just to get to know those kids and watch them grow up.”

But he said his putter has failed him, too so far in this tournament.

“I always think I’m the world’s best putter, but I haven’t made one in two days,” Gutierrez said. “I’m hitting the ball well. If I can make some putts I should be able to shoot 64 or 65.”

Goff, who could not be reached for comment after the tournament, was simply steady in the first two days, Reid said.

“He’s just doing things right,” he said.

Reid said he was 1-over at the turn Saturday, but three-putted each of the next two holes. He played in a tournament in Lubbock earlier in the week, but has been battling the effects of a virus this week.

“Maybe I’ll end up shooting 65-73-62, something whacky like that,” he said.

City tournament
At Municipal Golf Course
Second round
Heavyweight Flight:
1. Robert Goff 66-69 — 135; 2. (tie) David Gutierrez 69-69 — 138 and Travis Reid 65-73 — 138; 4. Jared Dosher 72-67 — 139; 5. (tie) Mike Majors 72-72 — 144 and David Maldonado 74-70 — 144; 7. Robert Fox 70-78 — 148; 8. Joe Wright 74-76 — 150; 9. Jason Saiz 81-72 — 153; 10. Angel Martinez 80-82 — 162.
Welterweight Flight: 1. Tim Larko 77-71 — 148; 2. Jordan Moore 78-71 — 149; 3. Richard Romero 76-74 — 150; 4. Ray Ortiz 72-79 — 151; 5. Greg Trujillo 79-73 — 152; 6. Amit Bhakta 76-77 — 153; 7. Jimmy Dominguez 73-82 — 155; 8. (tie) Ronnie Romero 77-79 — 156 and Dale Shaw 79-77 — 156; 10. Daniel Tapia 79-82 — 161; 11. Todd Lienkenhoker 86-83 — 169.
Middleweight Flight: 1. Mackey Alwed 79-78 — 157; 2. J.P. Lienenburg 81-78 — 159; 3. Doug Gibbs 85-81 — 166; 4. Michael Craig 86-88 — 174; 5. Will Thron 88-88 — 176; 6. Chase Davies 90-94 — 184.
Lightweight Flight: 1. James Pacheco 78-78 — 156; 2. John Wright 79-80 — 159; 3. Matt Cordova 84-80 — 164; 4. Andy Knight 84-81 — 165; 5. Ed Thornsberry 86-80 — 166; 6. Ron Smith 80-87 — 167; 7. Ray Dorris 90-82 — 172; 8. John Buchanan 90-88 — 178.
Featherweight Flight: 1. Gary Kibbe 79-88 — 167; 2. Richard Martinez 81-87 — 168; 3. Raul Romero 89-87 — 176; 4. Mark Leinberger 98-89 — 187; 5. Alden McWhorter 97-93 — 190; 6. Alfred Rubio 91-102 — 193; 7. Hank Drake 96-98 — 194; 9. Gary Frummer 104-103 — 207.