Rams earn team title in Clovis meet

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer

CLOVIS — With district competition looming Monday, Portales boys golf coach Patrick Crowley doesn’t believe his team is where it needs to be at this point.

Still, the Rams were good enough Thursday to shoot a four-man score of 306 and take team honors by five shots in the over Clovis in the Wildcats’ triangular meet at Municipal Golf Course.

“I was disappointed in the round early because we weren’t as tough as we needed to be,” Crowley said. “We didn’t have the mindset we needed.

“We had some rough spots on the front nine, but we did what we needed to do on the back nine.”

Senior Matthew Parkey and freshman Will Donavin shots 75s and freshman Will Archibeque had a 76 for the Rams, while junior Jefferson Powers rounded out the team total with an 80.

Freshman Rick Bergman struggled at times, finishing at 87, while sophomore Zach Smith played as an individual and shot a 78.

Individually, Parkey and Donavin finished one shot behind Clovis senior Jordan Moore for the day’s top score.

For Parkey, it was one of his better rounds during an up-and-down spring.

“Every now and then I get out of my game,” Parkey said. “I have a little bit of a temper sometimes. I never give up, but that’s the way golf goes.”

He’s hoping the round has a carryover to next Monday, when the Rams return to Portales for district competition at Chaparral Country Club.

“This’ll give me confidence,” Parkey said of his round. “I’ve played (Chaparral) a lot, and it’s not that tough. I know I can shoot at solid score.”

Bergman has been pretty consistent most of the spring, but his teammates picked him up on Monday.

“That’s the beauty of this team,” Crowley said. “My (No. 5) man knows he’s got to play because his score could come into play. We showed flashes of the game we have to carry into state with us.”

In girls competition, Portales finished third with a score of 434, trailing Clovis (365) and Clovis Christian (422).

Tori Teague led the Lady Rams with a 48-50 — 98, while Lindsey Woodward shot 46-54 — 100. Also for Portales, Janet Walker shot 117, Amber McCasland 119 and Arinn Lovett 123.

Clovis Christian senior Mollie Peterson posted the day’s best score for the girls, shooting 41-43 — 84.