By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
SOCORRO — Portales golf coach Pat Crowley described his team as, “disappointed” after the final round of the 1A-3A state tournament at the New Mexico Tech golf course Tuesday morning. But they played well enough to be state runner-up.
The Rams came into Tuesday’s final round in a first place tie with district rival Lovington, but the Wildcats outshot Portales and everybody else on their way to a dominating state championship.
“It was the worst possible day to shoot our worst score,” Crowley said. “And that’s exactly what we did.”
Lovington shot a two-day combined score of 650 followed by Portales’ 665. St. Michael’s placed third with 693 followed by Ruidoso, 696, Sandia Prep, 699, and New Mexico Military Institute’s 735.
“Lovington did to us what we expected to do to them,” Crowley said. “And that is keep their composure, battle, grind and get into the house and we didn’t do a good job of that at all today.”
Portales’ Donavin Sanchez followed his first-round score of 76 with a second-round 85 Tuesday — good enough for a tie for fourth overall. Fellow sophomores William Archibeque and Rick Bergman shot Portales’ best round Tuesday with an 84 — Archibeque took 10th overall.
“What was puzzling was our shot choices,” Crowley said. “We had big numbers today that we haven’t seen since the first time we went to Socorro. That’s really the first and last time we saw those big numbers out of our top three and they just never got back on track.”
Jefferson Powers fired a 93 and fellow senior Garrett Hatch scored a 102.
Santa Fe Prep’s Paul Otte III won the individual medal with a top two-day score of 154. Lovington’s Jacob Jameson and Socorro’s Ryan Romero tied for second at 160. Sanchez tied for fourth with Hope Christian’s Alex Estrada at 161.
Crowley said weather wasn’t a factor with no rain until late in the Rams final round.
“Lovington just beat us. They played well, they played solid. They didn’t panic. They got up and down on the golf course and we didn’t,” Crowley said. “(We’re) extremely disappointed,” Crowley said. “It’s a very disappointing end to what was a pretty good year.”
The Lady Rams lone representative, senior Tori Teague fired a 102 to complete a two-day score of 205.
“I thought she did exceptionally well,” Lady Ram golf coach Brenda Gomez said. “Overall I think she’s pleased with her golfing career and even though she wanted to break 100, I think she did really well today.”
Elida senior Lindsey Ward followed up a first round score of 110 with a second round 111 to finish in a tie for 16th place with a two-day score of 221.