ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High boys golf team played Tuesday the way it had hoped to play Monday in the state Class 1-3A tournament at UNM South.
The Rams simply had too much ground to make up.
Portales’ five players cut a total of 17 strokes from their first-day output, shooting Tuesday’s best four-man score of 320. But the Rams were only able to make up one stroke on Socorro and finished second to the Warriors, who shot a two-day total of 634 to Portales’ 653.
Grants, one of two teams tied with the Rams for second place after Monday’s round, shot 322 on Tuesday and finished third at 655.
“I’m really proud of this bunch for battling today,” PHS boys coach Patrick Crowley said. “These guys wanted to win a state championship.
“They did all they could; they played really, really well. We knew it would take a miracle to catch Socorro.”
Freshman Donavin Sanchez followed an 82 on Monday with a 79 on Tuesday for a 161, good for a seven-way tie for seventh place that also included PHS senior Matthew Parkey (80-81 — 161).
Junior Jefferson Powers cut nine strokes from his round on Monday and finished at 88-79 — 167, tied with freshman teammate William Archibeque (86-81) and two others for 19th place. Freshman Rick Bergman shot 85-84 — 169 and was tied for 24th in the individual standings.
“We knew we weren’t going to do what we did yesterday,” Crowley said. “These guys played hard. The golf course wasn’t that easy — they had some tough pin placements today.
“We just spotted (Socorro) too big a lead on the first day.”
Socorro’s Randy Torres took individual medalist honors, shooting 76-76 — 152 to edge Hope Christian’s Alex Estrada by one shot. On Monday, the Warriors’ top four players all shot under 80 to take command of the tournament.
“We weren’t satisfied by any means,” Crowley said of the runnerup finish. “They’re (Rams) not exactly excited about it, but they definitely earned it.
“I think we, as a collective unit, just tried too hard on the first day. We definitely learned from it.”
St. Michael’s ran away with the 1A-3A girls team title, finishing at 676 for a 66-stroke margin over Socorro. St. Mike’s Jonelle Martinez was the individual champion, shooting 78-80 — 158.
In Class 4A at Socorro, Los Alamos’ boys posted a 14-stroke victory over Farmington, shooting a two-day total of 637. Meantime, Roswell Goddard dominated girls play, shooting 717 for a 27-stroke victory over Los Alamos.
In Class 5A at Las Cruces, the Mayfield boys shot 604 for a six-stroke margin over Rio Rancho, while Sandia’s girls outshot La Cueva by one stroke each day to take the title over the Bears 714-716.