‘Cats third in state golf tournament

Staff and wire reports

ALAMOGORDO — Although the Clovis High boys golf team fell short of its goal of a state Class 5A championship, the Wildcats were at least consistent.
CHS shot a four-man score of 307 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 613 that left the Cats in third place behind four-time champion La Cueva (582) and Las Cruces High (608) at Desert Lakes Golf Course.
Despite that, the Cats did put three players in the top 10 — sophomore Travis Reid, who tied for fourth at 148; sophomore Guillermo Chavez, tied for seventh at 151, and junior Perry Jackson, ninth at 152.
In girls’ competition, defending champion and host Alamogordo ran away with team honors at 654 — 44 shots better than the Lady Tigers’ winning score last year. Carlsbad was second at 755 and Hobbs third at 758, while Clovis finished eighth with a two-day total of 827.
Senior Mae Mercadante led the Lady Cats, posting rounds of 92 on Monday and 97 on Tuesday to finish 16th. Other Clovis scores were senior Haley Brown 206, senior Christina Gallegos 210, junior Susan Shelley 222 and junior Amanda Drake 253.
La Cueva’s boys extended their championship streak behind individual winner Zach Fullerton (140) and runnerup Mark Trudeau (144).
Fullerton, a sophomore, shot rounds of 69 and 71. He broke par Tuesday despite taking a triple bogey eight on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit two shots out of bounds.
‘‘It got out of hand on that hole, but I was able to pull it back together,’’ Fullerton said.
Las Cruces High teammates Max Bellestri and J.K. Harrison finished third and fourth. Bellestri shot 146 after a final-round 71 while Harrison was at 147, including a 74 on Tuesday.
For the girls, Alamogordo’s Destini Esquero won the individual title with rounds of 78-78 — 156, beating teammate Kelli Dalpes (79-82 — 161) by five shots. Tamara Robbins of Las Cruces was third at 165 and Jackie LaBonte of Alamogordo and Katie Kempter of Sandia tied for fourth at 166.
‘‘Anytime you win, it feels great, but obviously we didn’t expect to win by 101 shots,’’ said Alamogordo coach Tommy Standefer.
Standefer attributed his team’s performance to the Lady Tigers’ competitive nature.
‘‘They’ve all gotten better because of the extreme competition they have with each other,’’ Standefer said.
Roswell Goddard’s girls captured their seventh consecutive state title and 15th in the last 17 years by winning Class 4A competition at Belen.
Lady Coyotes senior Gerina Mendoza, headed for Texas-El Paso on a golf scholarship, and sophomore teammate Ashley Kintigh shared this year’s lead after the first day and finished 1-2. Mendoza, who was second last year to Goddard’s Kelli Van Winkle, shot 78-81 — 159 to Smith’s 78-82 — 160.
Goddard shot a team score of 683. Albuquerque Academy was second, 49 shots back at 732, while Piedra Vista finished third at 758.
‘‘She’s just a tremendous athlete,’’ Goddard coach Becky Robertson said of Mendoza, who started playing golf in the eighth grade. ‘‘In a lot of people’s opinion, she’s one of the best athletes Goddard has ever had.’’
St. Pius senior Marcus Molina shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round to win medalist honors in the boys 4A tournament. Molina, who missed a 3-foot putt on the final hole last year that would have forced a playoff, cruised to a four-shot win with a round that included six birdies.
Molina had a two-day total of 145 after starting the final round three shots back of the lead. Albuquerque Academy’s Jesse Barnsley finished second at 149 and first round leader Casey Caldwell of Academy was third at 150. Barnsley shot a final round 73 and Caldwell a 76.
‘‘It was pretty pure most of the day,’’ said Molina, who sealed his victory with a birdie on the par-4 14th hole, where his second shot ended up two feet from the hole.
‘‘I’ve been waiting a year for this and finally got it,’’ Molina said.
Albuquerque Academy captured the 4A boys team title with a score of 617. St. Pius was second at 623 and Piedra Vista third at 638.
Hot Springs, behind Raleigh Henry and Rafael Adalfio, won the boys title in Class 3A-1A at Socorro. Henry shot a final-round 79 and Adalfio a 78.
Hot Springs’ team score of 655 was eight shots ahead of Sandia Prep (663). Ruidoso was third (664), while first-round leader and defending champion New Mexico Military Institute finished fourth (665).
Ruidoso won the girls title with a score of 728. Socorro was second at 769 and St. Michael’s third at 779.
St. Michael’s Alyssa Otero shot a final round 75 to win her second individual title in three years. Otero also was the 2001 medalist in 3A. Lee Anne Henson of Ruidoso finished second, seven shots behind Otero, and Jessica Dailleboust of Hope Christian was third.