CHS GOLF: Cats top Rams in playoff for team title

CNJ staff

LOVINGTON — For the first time this spring, the Clovis High boys golf team put everything together.

Led by sophomore Tyler Fontenot’s 3-over-par 74, the Wildcats shot a four-man total of 305 and won a playoff with Portales on Wednesday for the team championship in the Lovington Invitational tournament.

Artesia was third in the seven-team event at 313.

Clovis’ girls finished third in a six-team field, shooting 396. Goddard edged Artesia by a stroke with a 381 for team honors.

Seniors Brad Props and Ben Blair and freshman Kyler Brewer all finished at 77 for the Cats.

All five team members for the Cats and Portales participated in the sudden-death playoff, with the high score thrown out. After the first hole, Clovis had defeated the Rams by two strokes.

“Maybe this is going to get us going a little bit,” CHS boys coach Cal Fullerton said. “Everyone said they putted really well today. (Municipal Golf Course assistant pro) Josh Hurley and I have spent a lot of time working with them around the green.”

All four players earned an individual leg toward state by shooting 77 or better. It was the second of three needed to qualify for Fontenot and Brewer.

The team also earned its first state leg by shooting 315 or better.

For the girls, senior Tiffany Reid qualified for state with her third leg with a round of 45-46 — 91. Senior Amanda Estes picked up her second leg with a 47-46 — 93. The girls’ standards are 93 and 386.

“It was cold this morning,” Lady Wildcats coach Christy Hill said. “It took the girls a little while to get going; they were a little sluggish at the start, but eventually they got going.”

Shawna Mullins of Roswell High was the individual medalist with a 76.