Portales sophomore 13th at state

Staff report

LAS CRUCES — Portales High sophomore Bailey Rowley shot 48-46 — 94 on Tuesday to finish with a two-day total of 180 for 36 holes in the Class 1A-3A girls state golf tournament at the New Mexico State University golf course.

Rowley tied for 13th place overall with Lovington’s Brianna Clayton.

Lady Rams coach Charity Gomez said Rowley hit well off the tee on Tuesday, but didn’t putt as well as she did in Monday’s first round, when she finished at 42-44 — 86.

“If Bailey could’ve put yesterday’s putting  with today’s driving, she’d have been all right,” Gomez said. “They changed the pin placements today, and it was just a lot harder.”

Socorro’s Shania Berger  shot 72-73 — 145 and held off Bosque’s Sarah Greene for medalist honors, but the Lady Warriors lost out on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff for team honors after they finished 36 holes tied at 692. It ended Socorro’s seven-year run of team championships.

In boys 1A-3A competition, Hope Christian shot 627 for a 24-stroke margin over runnerup Socorro. The Huskies’ Sean Carlon captured medalist honors with a 70-70 — 140, four shots under  par.

Other state team champions were Rio Rancho Cleveland in Class 5A and Albuquerque Academy in Class 4A for the boys, and La Cueva in 5A and Deming in 4A for the girls.