Sanchez takes 7th in tourney, clubs pay price

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer

A broken driver on the first day didn’t stop him, and a broken three-wood on the last day certainly didn’t stop him.

Portales Ram golfer Donavin Sanchez pushed through the two unlucky events, and took seventh place in the 2008 Texas Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament this week in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Sanchez began Thursday’s final round 14 strokes back of the leader, fired an even-par 72 to finish in 7th place overall, just 10 strokes back of the tournament winner, Alex Carpenter from Little Rock, Ark.

“I played great (Thursday),” Sanchez said. “I had a good round going the whole way.”

According to Donavin, he could have finished Thursday’s final round with an eye-popping 69, but for a triple bogey on the final hole. An out-of-bounds tee shot was followed by a shot in the bunker. It took him two shots to get out of the sand, and he three-putted for a triple bogey.
“It was real windy (Thursday), and I had it going good until that last hole,” Sanchez said.

In the middle of his first round, Donavin broke his driver and completed the round teeing off with his three-wood. He got his driver fixed, then in the middle of his final round he broke his three-wood and had to finish without a fairway wood.

“There were just so many different situations from Day 1 until the last day that could have really knocked him out of it and he kept his head up and kept going,” Donavin’s mom Ladonna said. “It could have gone bad, but he kept his head up and he stayed positive and ended it on a good note so I’m really proud of him.”

The Portales senior opened the tournament Monday with an even-par 72, followed by a four-over 76 on Tuesday.