By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
The Portales Ram golf team already had a good idea of the course they’ll play at the Class 3A state golf tournament, and after Thursday’s round at Socorro, they know it even better.
The Rams beat the six-team field, shooting a 327, which was 15 strokes better than district rival Lovington.
“They did a great job of not letting a bad hole snowball into the next hole,” Ram coach Pat Crowley said. “They kept their heads in it. We re-focussed a little bit between Tuesday and today.”
The Rams finished in a tie for seventh place in Hobbs on Tuesday.
Sophomore Donavin Sanchez fired a 76 Thursday to earn medalist honors. Sophomore William Archibeque took third with an 82.
“They played the golf course pretty well,” Crowley said. “It bodes well for us heading into district, and then the state tournament at that site.”
Sophomore Rick Bergman shot an 84, followed by seniors Jefferson Powers, 85, and Garrett Hatch, 92.
Crowley was pleased with the Rams course management of the state championship course.
“Their shot selection has gotten a lot better,” Crowley said. “They applied (what they knew) very, very well today. Overall we definitely know what we need to work on and can even be site specific if we can.”
Due to prior commitments, the Lady Rams brought only their trio of sophomores. Amber McCasland shot a 106, Arinn Lovett a 123 and Lexie Polich a 138.
“They were able to get some tournament experience,” Lady Ram coach Brenda Gomez said.
The Rams travel Monday to the New Mexico Military Institute for the District 4-3A championship.