CHS’ Reid captures 5A state golf title; Cats fourth

Clovis High junior Travis Reid, shown in a tournament at Municipal Golf Course earlier this month, held on for the boys individual championship in Class 5A state golf on Tuesday in Farmington. CNJ file photo

CNJ STAFF

FARMINGTON — Travis Reid knew he had a state golf championship in him.

Still, when it actually happened, the Clovis High junior admitted he was taken aback for a moment.

Reid was 3-under par through seven holes on Tuesday and 2-under with just five holes left. He survived a couple of bad tee shots the rest of the way and held on for a one-stroke victory over La Cueva junior Zach Fullerton, finishing with a two-day score of 70-73 — 143, three over par at San Juan Country Club.

“I was stunned at first, but knew I could do it,” said Reid, who finished in a tie for first as a freshman only to lose in the playoff and then placed fifth last year. “It was just a matter of doing it.”

Fullerton, though, led La Cueva to its fifth consecutive team championship. The Bears, who had three of the top seven individuals, opened a nearly insurmountable lead after the first day and posted a 36-hole total of 584, 27 shots ahead of Las Cruces High.

Clovis finished fourth at 633, following up Monday’s 302 with a score of 331 on Tuesday. Coach George Simmons admitted the team chase was all but over after the first 18 holes.

“We were pretty much playing for second place,” Simmons said. “(La Cueva is) a good team, and we kind of expected them to play like that. They’ve always been putting up good scores.”

Clovis’ other top guns, senior Perry Jackson and junior Guillermo Chavez struggled in Tuesday’s blustery conditions and both finished at 156. For the day, Chavez shot 42-41 — 83 and Jackson came in at 39-46 — 85.

Meantime, juniors Ryan Hahn and Blake Berry finished at 88-90 — 178 and 104-93 — 197, respectively.

Chavez and Perry both got off on the wrong foot Tuesday with bogeys on the first hole, Simmons said.

“Guillermo and Perry had a tough day today,” he said. “It was definitely out of the norm for them. The winds today got up to about 30 mph.”

Reid, trailing Fullerton by one after the first day, birdied his first hole on Tuesday and scored an eagle on the par-5 fifth when he made a 15-foot putt from off the green. Then after a birdie on his 12th hole, it appeared he was in good position.

“I played solid all day,” said Reid, who shot 33-40 on Tuesday. “When I got to 3-under, I knew (Fullerton) had fallen back.”

But Reid hooked his drive out of bounds on No. 14 and, with the one-stroke penalty, scrambled to salvage bogey. He did it again on his 16th hole and this time took a triple-bogey.

He followed with another bogey, but clinched the title with a par on the final hole.

“Travis played pretty solid,” Simmons said. “He got to 3-under and then hit a speed bump, but he was good enough to get it done.”

Clovis lone girls representative, senior Susan Shelley, shot a score of 102 on Tuesday to finish at 209.

Sandia shot a 36-hole score of 730 to edge Carlsbad by two strokes for the girls team title.

In Class 4A at Farmington’s Pinon Hills Golf Course, Los Alamos took boys team honors with a nine-shot margin over Albuquerque Academy, while Piedra Vista shot 720 and upended Roswell Goddard by six shots in girls competition. The Lady Rockets had won 15 of the previous 17 girls 4A titles, including the last seven.

In the Class 1A-3A meet at Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland, the New Mexico Military boys and the St. Michael’s girls captured team championships. Portales’ boys, behind individual champion Kevin Welch, finished third as a team while the Lady Rams were fourth.

State tournaments
The Associated Press
Class 5A
At San Juan C.C., Farmington
Boys
Team scores:
1, La Cueva 283-301—584. 2, Las Cruces 301-310—611. 3, Rio Rancho 308-306—614. 4, Clovis 302-331—633. 5, Mayfield 312-329—641. 6, Sandia 315-329—644. 7, Cibola 329-320—649. 8, Carlsbad 328-325—653. 9, (tie) Hobbs 335-322—657, Eldorado 322-335—657.
Individuals: 1, Travis Reid, Clovis, 70-73—143. 2, Zach Fullerton, La Cueva, 69-75—144. 3, Steve Sanders, 70-75—145. 4, (tie) Tim Madigan, Rio Rancho, 74-72—146, Casey Johnson, Rio Rancho, 72-74—146. 6, (tie) Mark Trudeau, La Cueva, 73-74—147, Max Bellestri, Las Cruces, 73-74—147. 8, (tie) Matt Beck, Sandia, 72-78—150, Keith Narramore, Las Cruces, 71-79—150. 10, Jordan Boerio, Hobbs, 77-75—152.
Clovis results: Travis Reid 70-73 — 143, Guillermo Chavez 73-83 — 156, Perry Jackson 71-85 — 156, Ryan Hahn 88-90 — 178, Blake Berry 104-93 — 197.
Girls
Team scores:
1, Sandia 369-361—730. 2, Carlsbad 371-361—732. 3, Alamogordo 371-379—750. 4, Hobbs 371-397—768. 5, La Cueva 392-380—772. 6, Rio Rancho 386-398—784.
Individuals: 1, Alexandra Phelps, Eldorado, 77-79—156. 2, Katie Kempter, Sandia, 79-79—158. 3, Ashlee Jones, Manzano, 80-86—166. 4, Destini Esquero, Alamogordo 82-86—168. 5, Katy Caraway, Carlsbad, 89-86—175. 6, (tie) Carissa Schwalm, Mayfield, 89-87—176, Brandi Goodwin, Hobbs, 87-89—176. 8, Victoria Kempter, Sandia, 91-87—178. 9, (tie) Ariel Esquero, Alamogordo, 88-91—179, Whitney Coleman, Carlsbad, 88-91—179.
Clovis result: Susan Shelley 107-102 — 209.

Class 4A
At Pinon Hills G.C., Farmington
Boys
Team scores:
1, Los Alamos 305-317—622. 2, Albuquerque Academy 306-325—631. 3, Farmington 311-334—645. 4, Kirtland Central 323-326—649. 5, Capital 329-335—664. 6, Goddard 323-342—665. 7, Piedra Vista 332-340—672. 8, Deming 337-343—680. 9, Taos 334-347—681. 10, St. Pius 337-345—682. 11, Artesia 337-365—702.
Individuals: 1, Luke Tanner, Farmington, 72-78—150 (won three-hole playoff). 2, Jesse Barnsley, Albuquerque Academy, 70-80—150. 3, Eric Trujillo, Los Alamos, 75-77—152. 4, Thad Clancy, Los Alamos, 77-77—154. 5, Simon Carian, Albuquerque Academy, 80-75—155. 6, (tie) Sean Davy, Piedra Vista, 74-82—156, Steve Sanderson, Los Alamos, 75-81—156, Kevin Brack, Farmington, 75-81—156. 9, Tommy Stetina, Capital, 77-80—157. 10, Henry Stetina, Capital, 76-82—158.
Girls
Team scores:
1, Piedra Vista 348-372—720. 2, Goddard 358-368—726. 3, Albuquerque Academy 361-388—749. 4, Los Alamos 382-371—753. 5, Shiprock 370-402—772. 6, Farmington 403-386—789. 7, Deming 402-411—811.
Individuals: 1, Stephanie Heikkinen, Farmington, 75-79—154. 2, Rebekah Berve, Piedra Vista, 79-80—159. 3, Lisa Begaye, Shiprock, 77-86—163. 4, Maggie Cole, Aztec, 79-85—164. 5, Glynnis Price, Shiprock, 77-88—165. 6, Kelly Velarde, Goddard, 81-85—166. 7, Audrey Stanley, Albuquerque Academy, 8688—174. 8, Allison Bird, Piedra Vista, 86-90—176. 9, Kayla Gonzales, Goddard, 89-89—178. 10, Stephanie Anast, Los Alamos, 97-82—179.

Class 1A-3A
At Riverview G.C., Kirtland
Boys
Team scores:
1, NMMI 309-317—626. 2, Mesilla Valley 306-328—634. 3, Portales 320-321—641. 4, St. Michael’s 314-334—648. 5, Sandia Prep 316-332—648. 6, Lovington 323-327—650. 7, Ruidoso 307-344—651. 8, (tie) Grants 338-335—673, Robertson 326-347—673.
Individuals: 1, Kevin Welch, Portales, 67-74—141. 2, Adam Douma, NMMI, 73-76—149. 3, (tie) Alejandro Ruiz, NMMI, 75-76—151, Joey Schalk, Sandia Prep, 74-77—151, Justin Aragon, Robertson, 74-77—151. 6, (tie) Brandon Putnam, St. Michael’s, 72-80—152, Alex Estrada, Hope Christian, 75-77—152. 8, (tie) Pat Smith, Mesilla Valley, 73-80—153, Mike Civerolo, Hope Christian, 75-78—153. 10, (tie) Kevin Merhege, Mesilla Valley, 76-78—514, Wade Miller, Eunice, 75-79—154.
Girls
Team scores:
1. St. Michael’s 356-363—719. 2, Ruidoso 363-385—748. 3, Socorro 398-393—791. 4, Portales 390-409—799. 5, Lovington 413-422—835. 6, Raton 421-433—854.
Individuals: 1, Jessica Dailliboust, Hope Christian, 81-73—154. 2, Jordan Allen, Moreno Valley, 82-81—163. 3, Jonelle Martinez, St. Michael’s, 81-84—165. 4, Courtney Gibson, Ruidoso, 78-89—167. 5, Kayla Cline, Socorro, 85-83—168. 6, Ciara Cunningham, Lovington 85-85—170. 7, Jennifer Baird, St. Michael’s, 91-86—177. 8, Ursula Erickson, Robertson, 87-91—178. 9, Emily Hunter, Cloudcroft, 87-92—179 10, Kelly Rigsby, Ruidoso, 89-93—182.