LOVINGTON — Portales’ consistency paid off in a District 4/1-3A golf championship on Tuesday at Lovington Country Club.
With all five players shooting under 80, the Rams captured the boys team championship by one stroke over rival and host Lovington, finishing at 302 to 303 for the Wildcats.
Seniors Dale Welch and Trevor Ferguson and junior Chris Adkins all finished at 75 for the Rams, followed by eighth-graders William Archibeque at 77 and Donavin Sanchez at 78. Welch, Ferguson and Adkins finished in a four-way tie for fifth, while Archibeque was ninth and Sanchez wound up in a tie for 10th.
Lovington had three players at 75 or better, including individual medalist Ruben Hernandez at 1-over 72, but the Wildcats also had to count an 83.
Portales, which had already assured itself a state tournament berth will pursue its first state title on Monday and Tuesday at Coyote del Malpais Golf Course in Grants.
“My guys played really, really well,” PHS boys coach Patrick Crowley said. “They had it set in their minds that they wanted to win a district title. They didn’t play like it early in the season, but today they overcome some tough conditions.”
It was PHS’ second consecutive district championship.
“I think the guys have finally come together,” Crowley said. “Their confidence is up. Our goal is to win a state championship, and I certainly feel this squad has the opportunity to do that.”
If the Rams play well next week, he added, they figure to be in the mix.
“I’ve seen everybody I consider to be in the running (for a state title),” Crowley said. “I’m extremely pleased with the way we’re playing and how we handle adversity.
“We had some hiccups in the middle of the round pretty much across the board, but they battled their way through it.”
Senior Michelle Miller led PHS’ girls contingent with a score of 100, while sophomores Tori Teague and Lindsay Woodard followed at 115 and 118, respectively.
Lovington had the only full team on the girls’ side. Clovis Christian’s Mollie Peterson was the individual medalist, shooting an 85.