Lady Cats pull out another squeaker

HOBBS — When the golf tournament is close, it seems, the Clovis High girls have you right where they want you.

For the third time this season, the Lady Wildcats pulled out a team championship by one shot on Tuesday, beating District 4-5A rival and host Hobbs 364-365 in the Hobbs Invite.

Hobbs, though, returned the favor on the boys side, winning with a score of 307 while the Wildcats came in second at 313.

It was the Lady Cats' fourth team title overall this year, and their ninth leg in 10 tournaments (three are needed) toward Class 5A state tourney qualification.

Seniors Haley Berry and Kelsey Wornell shot 86s for the Lady Cats, tying for third place individually in the meet.

"It's a good thing, beating Hobbs on their own course," Lady Cats coach Steve Speck said. "It's a pretty tricky course; you have to manage the course well."

Senior Kristin Bradley missed the tournament, nursing a shoulder injury sustained while lifting weights. Speck said he doesn't know her status for Monday's District 4-5A tournament or state competition May 13-14, both scheduled for the UNM South course in Albuquerque.

"All five (regulars) have broken 90 now at one time or another," Speck said. "I'm hoping they can all do it on Monday."

Texaco finished sixth in the eight-team field, led by senior Laura McFarden with an 88. The Lady Wolverines will compete in District 3/1A-3A meet at New Mexico Military in Roswell on Monday.

"We did all right," Texico coach Kristen Scanlan said. "We can always play better."

Portales senior Paige Hartman shot a 76 and captured medalist honors for the day by seven strokes.

Junior Emilio Romero led the CHS boys with a score of 72, tying him for third place in medalist competition. Senior Matt Justus was fifth overall at 77.

The Cats earned their second state qualifying leg. They can get the third on Friday at the Last Chance Open at NMMI, or they'll have to win the district tournament.

Coach Cal Fullerton said the team played well.

"Hopefully, we can carry that into Friday and get another leg," he said. "We've put ourselves in a position to (have to) do what we need to do."

Hobbs had three of the day's top four scores, led by a 2-under-par 70 from Braden Ray.

HOBBS INVITE

Boys

Team scores: 1. Hobbs 307; 2. Clovis 313; 3. Carlsbad 318; 4. Roswell High 326; 5. Roswell Goddard 327; 6. Portales 329; 7. Artesia 349.

Top 5 individuals (par 72): 1. Braden Ray, Hobbs 70; 2. Ryan Hawkins, Hobbs 71; 3. (tie) Emilio Romero, Clovis and Isaac Pena, Hobbs 72; 5. Matt Justus, Clovis 77.

Clovis results: Romero 35-37 — 72, Justus 39-38 — 77, Frankie Trujillo 41-39 — 80, Jake Foster 46-38 — 84, Deip Kumar 45-40 — 85, Price Drake 44-51 — 95.

Girls

Team scores: 1. Clovis 364; 2. Hobbs 365; 3. Carlsbad 371; 4. Portales 377; 5. Artesia 383; 6. Texico 388; 7. Roswell Goddard 394; 8. Roswell High 405.

Top 5 individuals (par 72): 1. Paige Hartman, Portales 76; 2. Salam Ortiz, Hobbs 83; 3. Haley Berry, Clovis and Kelsey Wornell, Clovis 86; 5. Danica Gomillon, Roswell Goddard 87.

Clovis results: Berry 42-44 — 86, Kelsey Wornell 45-41 — 86, Heather Steinle 46-48 — 94, Victoria Fox 48-50 — 98, Sarah Bullard 57-59 — 116, Catherine Hisel 68-55 — 123.

Texico results: Laura McFarden 43-45 — 88, Jessica Jorde 47-43 — 90, McKenzee Thatcher 52-53 — 105, Courtney Vanderdussen 49-56 — 105, Cassie Long 55-68 — 123.

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