By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
Clovis senior Jordan Moore started the District 4-5A tournament with six straight pars. Then, on hole No. 7, Moore hit his drive out of bounds and finished with a double bogey.
Moore said he carried some of his disappointment with him to the tee box on the eighth hole.
“I was pretty frustrated, I hit a bad drive,” Moore said. “I had a pretty decent second shot, then stuck it within 10 feet, made the birdie and that gave me a little more confidence.”
Moore cruised through the next 10 holes and finished 3-under-par 69 to win the tournament Tuesday in Hobbs.
Moore credits his hot short game for the tourney win.
“My putting is really good right now,” Moore said. “I’ve been missing lots and lots of birdies this year, but lately I’ve been making some good puts.”
Clovis finished second, 15 strokes behind Carlsbad, and did not qualify for the state tournament as a team.
However, Moore and freshman Tyler Fontenot will represent the Wildcats as individuals.
“Everybody’s got a shot,” Moore said. “There are so many good players. It just depends on who is going to play well.”
Fontenot shot an 85.
Clovis boys coach George Simmons thinks his senior is one of the favorites heading into the tournament on Monday at New Mexico State University.
“He’s got a great chance,” Simmons said. “If he puts together two solid rounds in a row – it could happen. There are several good golfers in 5A right now, but I’d say he’s definitely in the top five.”
The Clovis Lady Wildcats finished third at the district tournament, but qualified for state as a team and will send seniors Brianne Bracken and Whitney Jones, and juniors Tiffany Reed, Amanda Estes and Marissa Lunsford.
“We had a really bad back nine,” Clovis girls coach Jeff Fontanilla said. “It was really disappointing because we were about 15 shots better than Carlsbad, but they ended up sneaking by us.”
Hobbs shot a 345 to win the team title, Carlsbad took second at 384, and the Lady Cats shot a 388.
“The good thing that came out of it was we are a state qualifier,” Fontanilla said. “And that is a big accomplishment for us.”
Last year, the Lady Cats also made the state tournament, but they finished last out of eight teams.
Jones said she expects Clovis to do quite a bit better than the last time around at state.
“Top three, hopefully,” Jones said. “We’re going to try harder, work out here (at practice), practice harder and get ourselves ready mentally and physically.”
Fontanilla said bringing up the rear last year helped his team become better players today.
“These girls are a lot better than they were last year,” Fontanilla said. “They’re a lot more experienced. Hopefully if we shoot our game we’ll be right around 360 and that should get us a third place finish.”