Tyler Fontenot of Clovis watches as his par putt misses the mark on the 18th hole of Wednesday’s Sun Country Junior PGA event at Municipal Golf Course. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
Jordan Moore is getting ready for a big change next year.
After several seasons in the background, the Clovis High senior-to-be will assume a leadership role in the Wildcats’ golf program with the graduation of five-year standouts Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez.
Moore had a good idea of the difference in Wednesday’s Sun Country Junior PGA event at Municipal Golf Course. He shot even-par 71 and cruised to a six-stroke win over high school teammate Ryan Hahn in the boys 16-18 division of the tournament.
“Last summer in this tournament, I shot a 70, Travis shot 69 (to win it) and Guillermo shot 71,” Moore said.
Mollie Peterson, a senior-to-be at Clovis Christian, won the 16-18 girls division with a round of 81 while Portales’ Donavin Sanchez, who is entering his freshman year, took the boys 13-15 bracket with a 75, the second-best score of the day.
A total of 34 players participated over seven divisions, including five in the 16-18 boys category.
Moore called his round average.
“I missed a lot of birdie putts, but I was hitting my irons well,” he said. “I only had two bogeys.”
Moore has played since he was in the eighth grade, but skipped golf his sophomore year to play on the baseball team, helping the Cats reach the 2004 Class 5A state championship game.
“I just grew up playing everything,” he said. “I enjoyed (baseball) a lot, but I thought I’d be able to get more scholarships playing golf.”
He’s looking forward to the challenge next spring.
“I like it; I like people looking up to me,” he said. “Hopefully, some of the guys can step up and we can go to state again.”
Peterson, the only girl in the CCS program, emerged with a fifth-place finish in the Class 1A-3A state tournament this spring. The 17-year-old said she’s been playing the sport about three years.
“My dad took me out and I started hitting it pretty well,” she said. “My whole family plays, and I started enjoying it so much. I love watching it on TV.”
She has aspirations of doing well again next spring, with the hope that maybe some colleges will take note.
“My goal is definitely top two,” she said.