Cats beat Hobbs in district meet

LAS CRUCES — Clovis High and Hobbs both struggled a bit in Sunday's District 4-5A boys golf tournament at the New Mexico State University course. The Eagles, though, struggled just a bit more.

The Wildcats managed to defeat Hobbs for the second time this year, posting a four-man total of 317 to 327 for the Eagles. Carlsbad was third at 341.

Next up in Class 5A state competition on Monday and Tuesday at the same location.

Meantime, Carlsbad upended the CHS girls, shooting 380 to 385 for the Lady Wildcats, with Hobbs last at 404.

Senior Ethan Peterson led the Clovis boys, shooting 5-over 77 to finish second to Hobbs' Chase Atwood. The Cats' Sam Bridgwater and Emilio Romero tied for third with Eagles senior Kenneth Fadke at 78.

When the teams met in a season-opening event at NMSU, the Eagles shot 323 and the Cats came in at 340.

"I think it gives us some confidence, especially having played against Hobbs all year, beating them one time and being close a couple of times," CHS boys coach Cal Fullerton said. "I think it'll help our kids going into the state tournament."

Peterson started slowly, shooting 4-over on the first three holes. Meantime, Bridgwater and Romero got off to fast starts, Fullerton said.

He said earlier that Hobbs may be the team to beat at state, so it'll come down to who's making shots.

"I think we've got as good a shot as anybody else does," Fullerton said. "You just don't want to lose it on the first day."

Junior Haley Berry took medallist honors at 90 for the Lady Cats, but Carlsbad had the next three-best scores. Clovis' Kelsey Wornell was fifth at 95.

Both teams were already qualified for state.

"I'm proud of Haley Berry; she did a great job," Lady Cats coach Steve Speck said. "Of course I'm disappointed we didn't win district, but Carlsbad did a really good job."

Texico finishes third — In District 3/1A-3A competition at Lovington, the Texico girls finished third in a field of three full teams. Portales won the event at 366, followed by Lovington 372 and the Lady Wolverines 375.

Junior Laura McFarden took individual medalist honors at 82, two shots ahead of Portales junior Paige Hartman.

All three teams had already qualified for state Class 1A-3A competition next Monday and Tuesday at the UNM South course in Albuquerque.

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