Cannon awarded $100K for installation excellence

Airman Thomas Trower Cannon has decided how to spend its recently awarded Air Combat Command Installation Excellence Award prize money to improve the quality-of-life (QOL) for Cannon Airmen. “Every squadron was asked to submit suggestions on how the money was to be spent,” said Mr. James Laquerre, 27th Services Squadron Deputy Commander. “Each group consolidated […]

Master sergeant wins second major golf title

Dennis “Chris” Christensen Master Sgt. Ken Eveland, 522nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, played two solid rounds of golf this weekend, coming back from a two-stroke deficit on Sunday to win the Club Golf Championship and his second major golf title in a row. With his comeback, Sgt. Eveland took the title from Tech. Sgt. Jim Leiberick, […]

Kids get into the swing of golf

Melanie Salazar 27TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS Cannon’s Whispering Winds Golf Course was packed the morning of July 22, but some of the golfers were a little shorter than usual. The course was hosting U.S. Kids Golf-an annual tournament sponsored by Air Combat Command and held at every Air Force golf course across the country. […]

Locals compete in Junior PGA event

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Jordan Moore is getting ready for a big change next year. After several seasons in the background, the Clovis High senior-to-be will assume a leadership role in the Wildcats’ golf program with the graduation of five-year standouts Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez. Moore had a good idea of the difference […]

PGA veteran set to give local lessons

By Dave Wagner After 22 years on the PGA Tour, Lovington native Ronnie Black was ready to get back to his roots. A two-time winner on the Tour, Black will be in Clovis all day on Saturday giving golf lessons on an hourly basis to individuals or groups at Municipal Golf Course. He said he’s […]

Rams win district golf title

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales’ consistency paid off in a District 4/1-3A golf championship on Tuesday at Lovington Country Club. With all five players shooting under 80, the Rams captured the boys team championship by one stroke over rival and host Lovington, finishing at 302 to 303 for the Wildcats. Seniors Dale Welch and Trevor […]

Rams tied for seventh in golf event

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Senior Trevor Ferguson shot 38-39 — 77 to lead Portales High in the first day of the Roswell ISD Invitational golf tournament on Monday. Portales shot a four-man score of 323 at the NMMI golf course and is tied with Roswell High for seventh place in a 16-team field. Meantime, the […]

PHS golfers open Monday at Hobbs

By Dave Wagner Portales High’s golf teams swing into action on Monday in the Hobbs Invitational. The boys graduated Class 3A state individual champion Kevin Welch, but coach Pat Crowley said the Rams have plenty of competition for spots behind seniors Dale Welch and Trevor Ferguson and juniors Chris Adkins and Matthew Parkey, all of […]

Former Greyhound transforms into successful sports management CEO

By Dave Wagner Former Eastern New Mexico University football player and golfer Steve Loy has carved out a successful career for himself in the sports world since his playing days. The 52-year-old Albuquerque native spent several years as a successful college coach and administrator, and now serves as managing partner/president and CEO of Gaylord Sports […]

Rams split with NMMI on the road

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Ivan Morales scored on a Reid Marley squeeze bunt with one out in the eighth inning, giving the New Mexico Military Institute Colts a 14-13 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s District 4-3A baseball doubleheader. Portales (15-7, 7-3) won the first game 5-3, and is still in position to win the […]

Welch signs with West Texas A&M

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By Kevin Wilson Kevin Welch will bring his high school golf career to an end next month by heading west to Kirtland for the state tournament. Next year, he’ll transition to a college golf career east of Portales at West Texas A&M. Welch, a senior for the Portales High golf team, signed a national letter-of-intent […]

Senior Merrick hoping to go out with title

By Kevin Wilson The biggest improvement in Cassidy Merrick’s golf game this season, at least according to the Portales senior, has been her accuracy on chipping. Chipping is a process that Merrick likes to call the “ups and downs.” Her golf season so far, has had more of the ups. Merrick, a three-time team medalist […]

Portales boys golf team snowed out

Freedom Newspapers The weather had its way with the Portales boys golf team Monday at Ruidoso, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cassidy Merrick from hitting a qualifying leg across town. Snow put a stop to the boys portion of the Leroy Gooch Invitational at Alto, but the Portales girls still managed to get in […]

Tips to get back into the (golf) swing

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By Kevin Wilson With the recent change in weather, it’s no surprise that people are enjoying some of their free time with a set of clubs and a few golf balls at a local country club. By investing a few extra minutes properly, area course professionals say it’s a much easier transition to get back […]

Golf course could add back nine

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Mike Linn City officials and board members of the Portales Country Club have entered into preliminary discussions about making the country club’s nine-hole course an 18-hole layout. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said the city owns land adjacent to the PCC’s golf course and the discussions are in the very early stages. “We have just […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Hereford

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales High boys and girls tennis teams pushed their records to 7-2 overall Monday, taking a pair of 9-0 wins against Hereford. The matches were part of a three-team set previously scheduled for Feb. 13-14, but were delayed due to inclement weather. Portales will finish the series at 3 p.m. […]

Principal pursues selflessness

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Lindsey Middle School Principal Todd Morris likes to play golf and watch the reality hit “Survivor.” The Ruidoso native also enjoys influencing the lives of youngsters, Florida State University football and helping Nick Brady call Clovis Wildcat football games on the radio. Name: Todd Morris Job: Principal at Lindsey Middle School. Age (and birth date): […]

Golfers raise money to build church in Africa

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to the generosity of Curry County golfers, a new church has been built in the far northwest region of the African nation of Kenya. Wes Grau, a Curry County rancher, said he worked together with Clovis car dealer Rick Cornelison and others to sponsor a “Cowboy Golf” tournament that raised money […]

Lady Rams win district in golf

By Kevin Wilson The Portales golf teams are peaking at the right time. The Lady Rams won district for the second straight season, and the Portales boys finished firmly in second place thanks to a 73 from medalist Dale Welch in Monday’s district golf championship at New Mexico Military Institute. Both Portales teams had already […]