ROSWELL — Freshman Donavin Sanchez moved into a tie for the individual lead with a round of 34-35 — 69, 2 under par, and helped the Portales High boys golf team to a share of ninth place with Clovis at 316 after Monday’s opening round of the Roswell Spring Invitational golf tournament at New Mexico Military Golf Course.
Sanchez is tied for the lead with Alamogordo’s Michael Adams. They are one shot in front of Grant’s Carl Gotlief and Artesia’s Brian Price, and three up on Clovis’ Jordan Moore.
“Donavin played extremely well,” PHS boys coach Patrick Crowley said. “He kept the ball in play and stayed away from the big numbers.
“He thought he’d had putting troubles the past couple of weeks, but he seems to have gotten that solved.”
Artesia shot 301 for a one-stroke lead over Alamogordo in the 21-team field. Grants is next at 304.
This tournament begins a run of three events over the next nine days for Portales. The Rams have a makeup tournament at Lovington on Thursday, then travel to Ruidoso for the Leroy Gooch Invitatational on Monday and Tuesday.
“We’re all very excited to finally play another tournament,” said Crowley, whose team had not competed since playing in the Clovis Invitational on March 20. “We got to see (potential postseason rivals) Grants, Socorro, Sandia Prep … Ruidoso is also in the mix. They had a great (Class) 3A turnout.”
Freshman William Archibeque shot 39-37 —76 and freshman Rick Bergman was at 39-46 — 85. Rounding out the PHS scores were senior Matthew Perry at 44-42 — 86 and junior Jefferson Powers at 42-44 — 86.
“Will dropped a few shots,” Crowley said. “He had two bogeys where he just had a momentary loss of focus.
“Matthew had a tough day. He started off with a triple (bogey), and later had a lost ball.”
Playing at Spring River Golf Course, Portales’ girls were in 13th place in a 15-team field with a score of 504. Tori Teague shot a 122 for the Lady Rams, followed by Lyndsey Woodard 123, Amber McCasland 127 and Arinn Lovett 132.
In today’s final round, the boys will play at Spring River while the girls move over to NMMI.