CHS GOLF: Cats tied for fifth in 5A state meet

CNJ staff

ALBUQUERQUE — Things went pretty well on Monday for Clovis High’s boys, but not so well for the girls the first round of the two-day Class 5A state golf tournament at UNM South.

The Wildcats are tied for last with La Cueva in a six-team field, although they shot a respectable four-man total of 333.

The Lady Wildcats couldn’t get anything going, then had senior Marissa Lansford’s score disqualified on a technicality, costing them 13 shots in the standings. They are last in a nine-team field at 458.

Freshman Kyler Brewer, who shot an 86 in the District 4-5A tournament a week ago at Chaparral Country Club, rebounded to shoot 38-38 — 76 on Monday and is tied for sixth with Sandia’s Justin Knauber. Sophomore Tyler Fontenot went 37-41 — 78 and is among several tied for 12th place.

Rio Rancho, which posted two of the day’s top three scores, leads team standings at 305. Alamogordo is five shots back, followed by Eldorado at 318 and Sandia at 319.

CHS boys coach Cal Fullerton noted the Cats cut 26 strokes off their score in a triangular at UNM South in early March, including 18 shots by Brewer.

“Coming in, La Cueva was the team to beat in the state,” Fullerton said. “I was pleased with the way we got around the course today, especially the younger guys.”

Rio Rancho’s Cody Anderson shot the day’s best round, a 3-under 69, while teammate Tim Madigan and La Cueva’s James Gehrke were next at 72.

The best score of the day for the Lady Wildcats came from senior Amanda Estes, who shot 52-50 — 102. Lansford finished at 52-62 — 114, but turned her scorecard in before signing it and had her score disqualified, CHS girls coach Cristy Hill said.

“I just tell the girls to relax,” she said. “They’re putting a lot of pressure on themselves, especially the seniors, but the pressure isn’t on us. We just need to relax and have fun.”

La Cueva shot 351 and has a four-stroke lead over Sandia. Rio Grande’s Juanita Lovato is the individual leader at 80, one shot ahead of Hobbs’ Brandi Goodwin.