Cats capture season-opening tourney

CNJ staff

HOBBS — Clovis High senior Jordan Moore is off to a flying start.

Taking the leadership role on the Wildcats’ golf team after the graduation of five-year veterans Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez, Moore posted a two-under-par round of 35-35 — 70 on Monday for the day’s top score, pacing the Cats to the team title in the season-opening Tasker Invitational.

Clovis shot a four-man total of 320, nine strokes ahead of runnerup Roswell Goddard in the eight-team field.

Freshman Tyler Fontenot shot 40-38 — 78, while juniors Ben Blair at 42-44 — 86 and Brad Propps at 45-41 — 86 rounded out the team total. Eighth-grader Kyler Hill finished at 44-44 — 86.

“I was happy with the way the top two players came out,” CHS boys coach George Simmons said of Moore and Fontenot. “Jordan put together a solid round, considering the (chilly) weather conditions early. It took five or six holes before it started to warm up.”

Lovington finished third in team standings at 339, followed by host Hobbs 357, Artesia 364, Jal 381, Tucumcari 391 and Eunice 450.

Clovis’ girls, meantime, were last in a four-team field at 410, two strokes behind Artesia. Hobbs took team honors at 347, with Goddard coming in second at 360.

Senior Whitney Jones posted the top round for the Lady Wildcats at 50-48 — 98, while senior Brianne Bracken shot 52-49 — 101 and junior Amanda Estes came in at 55-46 — 101. Other Clovis scores were junior Tiffany Reid 53-57 — 110 and junior Marissa Lansford 62-68 — 130.

Hobbs’ Brandi Goodwin and Goddard’s Kayla Gonzales posted the day’s best scores for the girls, each shooting 83.
Clovis returns to action on Friday and Saturday in the Amarillo Relays.