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Wildcats golfers third at APS Invite

ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis placed three golfers in the top six, but it wasn’t enough to overtake three-time defending Class 5A champion La Cueva Monday at the Albuquerque Public Schools’ Invitational boys tournament.

Junior Travis Reid of Clovis tied for second at 1-under-par 71 and classmate Guillermo Chavez was a stroke back at 72 on the lengthy University of New Mexico Championship Course.

Clovis senior Perry Jackson tied for fifth with a season-best 74.

La Cueva’s Steve Saunders was the medalist at 3-under 69 and Zach Fullerton added a 75 as La Cueva (306) finished three strokes ahead of second-place Albuquerque Academy and seven strokes in front of Clovis.

Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational

Monday

UNM Championship Course

Par 72

Team — 1. La Ceuva 306, 2. Albuquerque Academy 309, 3. Clovis 313, 4. Los Alamos 326, 5. Rio Rancho 329, 6. NMMI 329, 7. Cibola 330, 8. Eldorado 330, 9. Sandia 331, 10. Capitol 335, 11. St. Pius X 335, 12. Manzano 338, 13. Valley 353, 14. Del Norte 355, 15. West Mesa 361, 16. Highland 367, 17. Belen 419.

Individual — 1. Steve Saunders, La Cueva, 69. 2. (tie) Travis Reid, Clovis, Jesse Barnsley, Academy, 71; 4. Guillermo Chavez, Clovis, 72; 5. (tie) Perry Jackson, Clovis, Alex Zannes, Valley, 74; 7. Zach Fullerton, La Cueva, 75; 8. (tie) Sean Lind, Eldorado, Casey Caldwell, Highland, Paul Schietnan, NMMI, 76.

Other Clovis scores — Ryan Hahn 96, Blake Berry 98.

Clovis coach George Simmons said the Wildcats need to develop better depth behind their top three players — the top four scores out of a five-man team count toward the team total.

“Those three are going to have to be our workhorses,” Simmons said. “We’re going to have to work real hard with the others to get their numbers down.”

Reid, coming off a win at the Amarillo Relays over the weekend, shot 2-under on the back nine and finished with five birdies.

“He’s really swinging the club well now,” Simmons said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

Chavez rebounded from a slow start with the help of a pair of eagles. He was 4-over after four holes before rallying.