Wildcats capture top spot at NMMI

CNJ STAFF

ROSWELL — Senior Guillermo Chavez took individual medalist honors with a three-under par 69, including six-under on the back nine, and Clovis High’s boys shot a season-best 296 to capture team honors in the New Mexico Military Invitational on Thursday at the NMMI golf course.

The Wildcats put three of their players in the top seven in the event. Travis Reid finished third overall at even-par 72, while Blake Berry ended in a three-way tie for fifth with a personal-best round of 76.

“Blake hit the ball well today,” CHS boys coach George Simmons said. “Travis kind of struggled down the stretch — he had it at 3-under-par at one point.”

Chavez struggled early as well, posting a double-bogey on No. 2 and two more bogeys before making the turn. But he finished hot, recording an eagle on the par-5 10th hole and adding four birdies the rest of the way.

“Once he hit the backside, he just played super,” Simmons said.

Rounding out the Wildcats’ totals were Jordan Moore with a 79 and Tyler Fontenot at 82.

Clovis finished third out of four full teams in girls competition at 388, failing to earn its second leg toward state by one stroke, CHS girls coach Jeff Fontanilla said.

“We missed a golden opportunity to get another leg,” he said. “We’re still making too many mistakes.”

Sophomore Tiffany Reid led the Lady Wildcats at 44-46 — 90, good for 10th place individually. Other CHS scores included Amanda Estes 96, Brianne Bracken 100, Whitney Jones 102 and Natasha Collins 105.

Perennial Class 4A power Roswell Goddard dominated the event, posting the top five individual scores and finishing with a team total of 325 — good enough to beat five of the nine boys teams. Kelly Velarde’s even-par 72 was good enough for individual honors by 12 strokes.