Randy Moore recovered from a potentially disastrous start and went on to win the two-day Clovis City Championship Sunday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course.
A weapons specialist at Cannon Air Force Base, Moore rebounded from a triple bogey on the first hole to shoot a 75 and win the 36-hole tournament title by a stroke.
Clovis High junior-to-be Travis Reid matched Moore’s second-round 75 and finished second. His bid for the title was spoiled by a string of four-straight bogeys on the back nine.
Seven players started the second round within four strokes of the lead on a day when it seemed as if no one really wanted the title.
The best score among the 10 players in the championship flight was 2-over-par 73.
“After I hit my first tee shot, I thought I was done,” said Moore, who pumped his opening drive way right and out-of-bounds. “With the way the wind was blowing, I thought getting back in it would be tough.”
The Dallas, Texas, native said he just tried to play steady golf the rest of the way and somehow hoped to survive.
His round turned on the short back-to-back par 5s on the back nine, two putting for birdie on the 14th hole and following with a short eagle putt on the easily reachable 430-yard, 15th hole.
“I thought if I could just make a birdie with the way everybody was playing, I might be able to hold on,” Moore said.
He did much more than that.
George Simmons, Pat Peralez and Preem Lawrence finished tied for third, two strokes back of the leader.
Only one player in the 54-man and one-woman field broke par: Dave Sena of Clovis, with a 2-under par 69 in the President’s Flight.
After a slow start that included two bogeys in the first four holes, Sena played the last 14 holes in 4-under par, including birding all three of the par 5s on the back nine.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad employee said he had something to prove after shooting an opening round 77.
“I really wanted to play with the big boys,” Sena said. “But I just had a couple of bad holes on Saturday. But I finished with the lowest round today (Sunday) so I can hold my head up.”
Sena won the President’s Flight by two strokes over defending city champion Angel Martinez, who fired an even par 71. He, too, shot himself out of contention on Saturday with a 77.
Other flight winners included:
• Clovis High senior-to-be Jordan Moore with a 159 in the First Flight;
• Clovis High football coach Eric Roanhaus with a 165 in the second flight;
• and Kenny Cordova with a 170 in the third flight.