ROSWELL — It took longer than they’d hoped, but Clovis High’s boys finally qualified for Class 5A state competition on Friday.
Just as nice, the Wildcats won a tightly-contested battle in the Last Chance Open at the New Mexico Military Golf Course, finishing at 303 to edge Lovington by one shot, Carlsbad by two and Alamogordo by six.
“We got our third leg, and that was our goal at the beginning of the year,” Cats coach Cal Fullerton said. “It took us a while, but we got it done.
“It feels good going into (Monday’s District 4-5A tournament (hosted by Carlsbad at Socorro) knowing we don’t have to shoot a certain number to get in.”
The three-team district meet, also at the site of Class 5A state competition the following week, begins at 9 a.m.
Senior Emilio Romero shot 36-36 — 72, even par, to finish second in medalist competition behind Roswell High’s Jake Andreis (71). CHS senior Frankie Trujillo tied for fourth at 39-35 — 74.
Portales finished sixth among the seven full teams at 346. Freshman Andrew Underbrink led the Rams, who held a couple of their regulars out to nurse injuries, at 35-40 — 75.
The Rams and Lady Rams, along with Texico’s girls, return to NMMI on Monday for the Class 1A-3A/District 3 tournament, starting at 9 a.m.
“We just used it as a practice round going into Monday,” Rams coach Matt Hunton said. “Andrew played well, although he didn’t finish (the round) well.”
In girls competition, Clovis finished fifth out of nine full teams at 366. Texico tied with Carlsbad for sixth at 369, and Portales was last at 410.
Eighth-grader Sydni Hill led the Lady Cats at 43-41 — 84 while another eighth-grader, Raquel Anaya, earned her second state leg with a score of 50-40 — 90.
Senior Kimber Harrison paced Texico’s girls with an 85, followed by junior Jessica Jorde at 89.