Clovis senior takes first, Lady Cats win team title at triangular

Clovis senior Jordan Moore gets ready to hit with an iron during Thursday’s Clovis Triangular at Municipal Golf Course. Moore shot a 74 to win the boys individual title. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks)

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers

Jordan Moore wasn’t smiling much when he came in from his round in Thursday’s Clovis triangular at Municipal Golf Course.

It’s not that the Clovis High senior had any complaint about his score — he shot 36-38 — 74, the day’s top tally. Still, he said it could’ve been better.

“It was crazy,” Moore said. “I was just up and down. I’d have some birdies and then I’d follow with a bogey.”

The Wildcats came up short in team competition, shooting a four-man score of 311 to finish second, five shots behind Portales. Clovis Purple — one of three teams entered by the Cats — was third at 335, followed by Clovis Christian at 362 and Clovis Black at 418.

Clovis won the girls team title, putting four scores between 90 and 93 and finishing at 365 to 422 for Clovis Christian.

Portales’ boys had the next three best scores behind Moore — senior Matthew Parkey and freshman Donavin Sanchez coming in with 75s and freshman William Archibeque shooting 76.

“With us playing out here every day, I don’t think we should’ve let anybody come in here and beat us,” CHS boys coach George Simmons said.

Familiarity with the layout didn’t do much for Moore, much to his consternation.

“I know exactly where to hit it, but today I hit it in places I haven’t hit it in years,” he said.

Moore was 2-under through five holes, but followed with three consecutive bogeys. Then, after birdies on his 10th and 11th holes, he double-bogeyed the next hole.

Another double on his final hole left him at 4-over for the day.

Simmons was encouraged by the play of senior Tim Vernon, who shot 40-38 — 78.

“Tim Vernon shot a nice round today,” Simmons said. “That should be a confidence booster going into the district meet (next Tuesday at Hobbs).”

Clovis’ girls earned their fourth state leg, led by 90s from seniors Brianne Bracken and Whitney Moore. Meantime, juniors Amanda Estes and Tiffany Reid shot 92 and 93, respectively.

CHS girls coach Jeff Fontanilla said his team is closing some ground on District 4-5A favorite Hobbs.

“We’re really coming around,” he said. “We’re peaking at the right time.

“If we keep this up, who knows? We’ll have a legitimate shot in district if Hobbs messes up.”

The individual top score belonged to Clovis Christian senior Mollie Peterson, who shot 41-43 — 84.

Peterson, who finished fifth individually in the small-school state tournament last year and plans to play college golf at West Texas A&M, said she didn’t have a particularly good day on Thursday.

“This is a 70s course for me,” Peterson said. “I didn’t really feel comfortable over the ball today.

“I got some good breaks today on my approach shots; I don’t know how I hit some of them. But my putting hurt me really bad.”