CHS GOLF: Cats set for wide-open district meet

CNJ staff

HOBBS — Monday’s District 4-5A boys golf tournament at Chaparral Country Club should be interesting.

Clovis, Hobbs and Carlsbad have all earned two of the necessary three legs to reach Class 5A state competition in May, so the tournament winner is in and the other two will be out.

The Wildcats struggled in Tuesday’s Hobbs Invitational, finishing ninth out of 10 teams with a four-man score of 335.

That left first-year Cats coach Cal Fullerton disappointed.

“We’ve got district coming up and Carlsbad (325) and Hobbs (320) beat us today,” Fullerton said. “We’re going to have to play well to win it, and that’s our only hope to go as a team.”

Roswell High posted the top two scores of the day and edged Artesia 305-306 for team honors. Lovington placed third at 311.

Meantime, the Clovis girls, who got their third leg on Monday in a triangular at Municipal Golf Course, picked up another one on Tuesday with a score of 387.

Sophomore Tyler Fontenot and freshman Kyler Brewer, both of whom had already qualified as individuals, led the Clovis boys on Tuesday with respective rounds of 79 and 80. The team needed a score of 318 to get a leg.

“It is (disappointing), especially after we got our second leg yesterday,” Fullerton said. “I thought we’d compete a little better today.”

Hobbs rolled to the girls team title at 344, 12 stokes ahead of Roswell Goddard.

Senior Tiffany Reid earned her seventh leg for the Lady Cats, shooting 47-45 — 92 to beat the qualifying standard by a stroke. CHS girls coach Cristy Hill hopes being at home on Monday will give her team a lift.

“Playing at Chaparral will be good for us,” Hill said. “Hopefully, it’ll be a good day.”