ROSWELL — The Portales High boys golf team finished eighth in the nine-school Spring River Classic, which featured mostly Class 4A and 5A schools.
Freshman Andrew Underbrink led the Rams, shooting 42-38 — 80, while junior Ty Bergman followed at 41-42 — 83. Hobbs took team honors at 310, nine strokes ahead of New Mexico Military, while the Rams finished at 344 — 12 shots away from earning a team leg toward state competition.
Meantime, the PHS girls were ninth in their first outing of the spring with a team score of 399, although sophomore Bailey Rowley earned a leg toward state competition.
“We played much better (than in a season-opening tourney on Friday at Ruidoso),” first-year Rams coach Matt Hunton said. “The hard work we’ve put in is starting to show.”
Rowley shot a 90 to lead the Lady Rams, whose five player squad includes two sophomores, two freshmen and an eighth-grader. Portales posted a team total of 469, while Roswell Goddard shot 354 and finished eight strokes ahead of runnerup Hobbs.
“For our first time out, we didn’t do too bad,” Lady Rams coach Charity Gomez said. “Bailey played pretty well. I think she was a little disappointed with a couple of her holes, but she was excited to get a leg.”
The next outing for PHS squads will be on Monday in the Clovis Invite, scheduled for 9 a.m. at Colonial Golf Course.