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Rowley's 85 leads PHS girls at Clovis

 

Joshua Lucero: staff photo Portales sophomore Bailey Rowley posted a round of 41-44 — 85 in Monday’s Clovis Invite golf tournament at Colonial Golf Course, the top score of the day for the girls. Rowley earned her second leg towards Class 1A-3A state competition.

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CLOVIS — The rest of her teammates — and most everyone else, for that matter — had a rough time in Monday’s Clovis Invite golf tournament at Colonial Golf Course, but not so much Bailey Rowley.

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Portales sophomore Bailey Rowley posted a round of 41-44 — 85 in Monday’s Clovis Invite golf tournament at Colonial Golf Course, the top score of the day for the girls. Rowley earned her second leg towards Class 1A-3A state competition.

The Portales High sophomore shot 41-44 — 85, nine strokes better than anyone else in girls competition, but it couldn’t keep the Lady Rams from a last-place finish overall at 429.

Clovis and Texico tied for team honors at 396 while a second Clovis squad finished at 411.

Portales boys finished second in a three-team competition to Clovis (307).

Rowley, about three weeks removed from helping PHS win the Class 3A state girls basketball championship, said she’s familiar enough with Colonial to make the necessary adjustments. She earned her second leg towards Class 1A-3A state competition in May, and needs one more to ensure herself a berth.

“I know when to ‘club up’ and ‘club down,’” she said. “You had to read the wind a lot. On a couple (of holes), it kind of affected my shot.”

Lady Rams coach Charity Gomez is pleased with Rowley’s performance so far.

“I think she’s doing pretty well at this point,” Gomez said. “We had improvement from the other girls, too. If we can just continue to do that, we’ll be all right.”

The PHS boys were led by 86s from freshman Andrew Underbrink and junior Ty Bergman, but weren’t able to get anyone else under 100 for the day.

Clovis dominated the boys field, getting four Class 5A state-qualifying scores in the 70s.

PHS squads return to action next Monday and Tuesday in the Leroy Gooch Invitational at Ruidoso.

 
 

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