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By Dave Wagner
Staff writer 

CCS boys second to Hobbs


Last updated 6/5/2021 at 3:39pm

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Texico's Grace McDaniel watches her tee shot on No. 2 reach the green during the Wildcat Invite Thursday at Colonial Park Golf Course.

CLOVIS - Clovis Christian's boys are poised to make a strong bid for the state Class 1-3A golf championship later this month.

The Eagles warmed up for the event on Thursday with a second-place showing in Clovis High's Wildcat Invite at Colonial Park Golf Course.

Hobbs had the top three scores of the day, all under par, en route to winning the tournament at 295. Kelen Owensby took medalist honors with a 3-under 69, while teammates Peyton Jones and Triston Roberts were two shots behind.

Meantime, CCS had three players - senior Tyler Lingnau, sophomore Carter Teune and freshman Noah McKay - come in at 76 and finished with a team tally of 309. The Wildcats were fourth in the four-team field at 340, six shots behind District 4-5A rival Roswell High.

"I think that's the first time we've had three (scores) in the 70s," CCS coach Trent McKay said. "I don't think Carter's been in the 70s before.

"They all played well. It's nice to finish the regular season on a good note."

Noah McKay, son of the coach, has posted four scores in the 70s in his last five events, his dad noted.

In the girls' division, all three full teams were bunched tightly, with Roswell Goddard winning at 350 to 354 for Hobbs and 358 for Texico. Hobbs' Brittlynn O'Dell was the medalist for the day at even-par 72.

Next week, the CCS boys should cruise to a district title at New Mexico Military's golf course in Roswell. Tucumcari, which figures to be well overmatched, is the only other school expected to field a full squad for the event.

The toughest competition in the state tournament on June 21 at Albuquerque's Los Altos Golf Course is expected to come from defending champion Socorro.

"Hopefully, we can just kind of keep the momentum going," coach McKay said.

In Monday's 4-5A district tourney at Carlsbad, the Cats figure to be in a battle with the host Cavemen and Roswell High for the second and final state tourney spot from the district, behind Hobbs.

"We'll have to have our best round of the year to do it," CHS boys coach Dale Fullerton said. "I would think we'd need to shoot around 324 or 325 to have a chance."

Junior Taylor Martin led the Wildcats on Thursday at 42-37 - 79, making four birdies on his back nine.

Texico's girls were led by a 77 from senior Grace McDaniel, and gave the two bigger schools all they wanted despite missing their No. 2 player, senior Emily DelaRosa.

"Grace shot her personal-best," Lady Wolverines coach Kristen Scanlan said. "I felt like the other girls battled today."

Texico should also be a strong contender on the girls' side in the state 1-3A meet.

Clovis High's girls had only three players available on Thursday. Sophomore Jolei Atkins led the Lady Wildcats at 46-43 - 89.

Lady Wolverines second in Hobbs tourney - On Tuesday, Texico earned a second-place team finish in the Buck Brandon Classic at Hobbs.

Goddard took the girls' title at 376 to 392 for the Lady Wolverines in a five-team event. Clovis was fourth at 419.

McDaniel also paced Texico in that one, shooting 45-39 - 84. Meantime, the Lady Cats' top score was posted by Atkins, who shot 48-41 - 89.

Goddard's Jadin Ware was the individual medalist for the tourney at 4-over-par 75.

In the boys' portion of the meet, Hobbs notched team honors at 296, followed by Lea County rival Lovington at 308. The Cats were fourth in the five-team field at 368.

Senior C.J. Gutierrez led Clovis with a season-best 44-41 - 85, followed by senior Ryan Rowley at 46-43 - 89. Hobbs' Seth Dacky was the medalist at 1-under 71.

Portales High had three players in the event, led by senior Nate Cota's round of 39-40 - 79.

The Portales boys in Class 4A and the CCS boys and Texico girls in Class 1-3A are in district meets on Thursday, both set for Roswell.


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