BERNALILLO — The Clovis Wildcats didn’t have the kind of day they’d hoped for Monday in the Class 5A boys state golf tournament at Santa Ana Golf Course.
Still, the Cats are tied for second in the tournament with five-time defending champion La Cueva at 313. They trail first-place Rio Rancho by 11 shots.
Senior Guillermo Chavez shot a 1-over-par 72 and is tied for second with La Cueva’s Steve Saunders. They trail Eldorado’s Joshua Stewart, who had 70.
“Guillermo got off to a good start,” CHS boys coach George Simmons said. “He was 2-under through the first four holes, but then he had a couple of bad holes.”
Defending state champion and Clovis senior Travis Reid shot 76 and junior Jordan Moore added a 77 for the Wildcats.
Simmons said the Cats need a big day out of either seniors Black Berry (88 on Monday) or Ryan Hahn (91) today to challenge Rio Rancho.
“We have to get one of those two in the upper 70s,” he said, “and the others have to shave a few strokes.”
Clovis’ girls are last in the nine-team field at 435. District 4-5A rivals Carlsbad (350), Hobbs (373) and Sandia (375) are at the top of the standings.
Sophomore Amanda Estes had the Lady Wildcats’ best round on Monday with a 104.
CCS’ Peterson fifth
Clovis Christian junior Mollie Peterson shot an 82 on Monday and is fifth halfway through the Class 1A-3A girls state tournament at Coyote del Malpais Golf Course in Grants.
Peterson, CCS’ first representative in state golf competition, is one stroke behind Jonelle Martinez of St. Michael’s and Jessica Dailleboust of Hope Christian, who are tied for third.
The leader is Shiprock’s Glynnis Price at 71, followed by Kayla Cline of Socorro at 78.
Team leaders after the first day are Mesilla Valley Christian (290) for the boys and St. Michael’s (361) for the girls.
Portales’ boys are currently in a tie for seventh with Sandia Prep at 319.
Nichols tied for third
Despite bogeys on the final two holes, Farwell senior Tate Nichols is third after Monday’s opening round of Class 1A state boys competition at Morris Williams Golf Course in Austin, Texas.
Nichols shot an even-par 72. He trails defending champion Michael Hillis of Utopia (70) and Blaine Weiterman of Overton (71).
“I didn’t hit the ball well today,” Nichols said, “and bogeying the last two holes kind of left a sour taste in my mouth.
“(No.) 17 was an all-right bogey — I could take that — but on 18 I missed an easy putt for par.”
Nichols, one of two players in the top 10 not competing with a team, is set to tee off at 8:10 a.m. (CDT) today in the two-day tourney.
At Santa Ana G.C., Bernalillo
Team standings: 1. Rio Rancho 302; 2. (tie) Clovis, La Cueva 313; 4. Cibola 314; 5. Eldorado 316; 6. Mayfield 324; 7. Alamogordo 325; 8. Valley 329; 9. Las Cruces High 332; 10. Hobbs 352.
Clovis results: Guillermo Chavez 37-35 — 72, Travis Reid 37-39 — 76, Jordan Moore 37-40 — 77, Blake Berry 47-41 — 88, Ryan Hahn 43-48 — 91.
Individual leaders: 1. Joshua Stewart, Eldorado 70; 2. (tie) Chavez; Steve Saunders, Eldorado 72; 4. Tim Madigan, Rio Rancho 73; 5. Jason Wuerz, Mayfield 74; 6. (tie) Cody Anderson, Rio Rancho; Stevie Warrington, Cibola 75; 8. (five-way tie) Reid; Casey Johnson, Rio Rancho; Kevin Mock, Cibola; Joey Gorence, Albuquerque High; Isaac Pacheco, Del Norte 76.
Team standings: 1. Carlsbad 350; 2. Hobbs 373; 3. Sandia 375; 4. Alamogordo 377; 5. (tie) La Cueva, Mayfield 386; 7. Rio Rancho 387; 8. Gadsden 393; 9. Clovis 435.
Clovis results: Amanda Estes 104, Brianne Bracken 106, Whitney Jones 112, Natasha Collins 113, Tiffany Reid 124.
Individual leaders: 1. Katie Kempter, Sandia 76; 2. Ashlee Jones, Manzano 79; 3. (tie) Katy Caraway, Carlsbad; Victoria Kempter, Sandia 83; 5. Callie French, Alamogordo 85; 6. Carissa Schwalm, Mayfield 86; 7. Breanna Short, Carlsbad 87; 8. Whitney Coleman, Carlsbad 88; 9. Brandi Goodwin, Hobbs 89.