Cats fall short of goal in Leroy Gooch meet

Staff report

RUIDOSO — Clovis High’s boys finished well in the team standings in the two-day Leroy Gooch Invitational, ending on Tuesday, but the Wildcats didn’t accomplish their real goal.

Senior Jake Adkins shot 39-38 — 77 on Tuesday to punch his ticket to next month’s state Class 5A golf tournament, and the Wildcats finished fourth in team standings at 322-327 — 649.

They didn’t, however, earn a team leg towards state.

“Fourth place out of 18 teams doesn’t look real bad, but our goal was to get a team leg,” CHS boys coach Cal Fullerton said. “We’re real disappointed with that.

“We talked afterwards, and everybody saw where they could’ve come down two or three shots.”

Socorro, 10 shots behind New Mexico Military after Monday’s first round at Cree Meadows Country Club, shot a 312 team score at The Links of Sierra Blanca on Tuesday and walked away with team honors at 629. Hobbs (635) slipped ahead of NMMI (641) to finish second.

In girls competition, Deming cruised to team honors at 334-341 — 675, 30 shots ahead of Socorro. CHS, meantime, came in ninth at 414-394 — 408, although eighth-grader Sydni Hill earned her spot in state competition with her second consecutive leg, shooting 45-46 — 91 on Tuesday.

Other than Adkins, the Cats weren’t able to get anybody going on Tuesday with everyone in the low to mid-80s.

“He played really good today,” Fullerton said. “I’m proud of him.”

Socorro’s Sean Moore made up seven shots on first-day leader Nick Gillihan of Las Cruces High on Tuesday and took medalist honors at 79-71 — 150, one shot ahead of Gillihan.

For the Lady Wildcats, Hill finished with a two-day total of 184. Four of Clovis’ five players made improvements from The Links (par 71) to Cree (par 72), with senior Victoria Fox knocking 12 shots off her first-day score with a 47-45 — 92.

Socorro’s Shania Berger and Mia Saloma tied for medalist honors at 154. The girls flip-flopped sites with the boys, playing at The Links on Monday and Cree on Tuesday.

CHS squads return to action next Monday and Tuesday in the Spring Classic at Roswell.