By Dave Wagner
Playing on their home course, Clovis High’s boys put together a solid round in Monday’s Clovis Invite.
Four players finished under 80, each earning legs towards Class 5A state competition, and the Wildcats earned a team leg with a score of 307 at Colonial Golf Course in what was essentially a triangular. Portales finished a distant second at 378, followed by Tucumcari at 399.
Meantime, Clovis and Texico tied for girls team honors at 396. A second Clovis team was third at 411 while Portales, despite easily the day’s top girls score from sophomore Bailey Rowley, finished fourth at 429.
Seniors Frankie Trujillo and Emilio Romero led the Cats, each shooting 75s, while sophomores Jake Foster and Luke Bussen followed at 78 and 79, respectively.
It was the Cats’ first leg — three qualifies you for state — while Trujillo and Foster earned their second individual legs and Romero and Bussen their first.
“You expect pretty good scores at your home course,” CHS boys coach Cal Fullerton said. “But in these conditions, being able to shoot in the lower 300s is pretty solid.”
Trujillo said the conditions weren’t bad early.
“The wind started picking up on the back side,” he said. “I hit low stingers into the wind. I was just trying to find the fairway and play the wind.”
The Cats hope to get at least one more team leg at next week’s Leroy Gooch Invitational, playing Alto Golf Course on Monday and The Links at Sierra Blanca on Tuesday.
“If we play like this, we should be able to get another one at The Links,” Trujillo said.
For the girls, senior Victoria Fox was second overall to Portales’ Bailey Rowley (85), shooting 94 to earn her third state leg. Eighth-grader Sydni Hill (96) and sophomore Emily Berry (97) also earned state legs, the second for Berry.
“The girls did a great job,” Lady Cats coach Steve Speck said. “We still don’t know who we’re going to take (next week), but it’s good to have people pushing each other.”
On the second CHS team, sophomore Marissa Waters and freshman Hannah Reid earned state legs with 99s.
Texico put all five of its players within three shots of each other, earning its second Class 1A-3A state leg in two outings. Junior McKenzee Thatcher (98), senior Kimber Harrison (99) and freshman Hannah Rucker (99) earned individual legs.
“I thought we played well today,” Lady Wolverines coach Scott Karger said. “Our goal is to get a leg every tournament. To get one in these conditions is awesome.”
Texico’s next outing is April 17 in the Lovington Invitational.