The Clovis girls finished last at the Class 5A state golf tournament, but coach Cristy Hill was able to eke out a few positives from the second day.
“Three of them scored better than they did yesterday, so that was good,” Hill said. “Monika (Kizer)’s score wasn’t better, but she was actually making better contact today.”
Clovis cut 13 strokes off of its Monday total at New Mexico State University’s course, but still ended well behind the field with a team score of 841.
The Clovis boys tumbled from a tie for third to sixth, with a second-day score of 331 to end at 649.
Sandia pulled a sweep, winning the girls competition with a score of 699 and the boys event with a total of 592.
The Sandia girls were followed by Alamogordo (704) and La Cueva (716).
Marissa Bautista of Gadsden took individual honors by shooting 159. The highest Clovis finisher was senior Kolby Rains in 24th with a two-day total of 190.
Hill said last place might not look impressive, but figured a lot of 5A teams that didn’t make the tournament wouldn’t mind being in Clovis’ spot.
“I thought it was a positive,” Hill said. “We were young, experience-wise. Nobody went last year. I thought they did a good job.”
In boys action, Sandia and La Cueva had seven of the eight lowest individual scores, and nine of the first 12.
La Cueva finished seven strokes behind Sandia with a 599. Rio Rancho and Onate in a tie for third at 643).
Sam Saunders of La Cueva shot a 143 to beat out teammate Patrick Beyhan by one stroke for medalist honors.
Wildcats coach Cal Fullerton said Sandia and La Cueva were solid throughout, while the Wildcats had problems staying focused.
“A couple of things go bad,” Fullerton said, “and we’d let it last for three or four holes instead of letting it go and going to the next hole.”
Ethan Peterson was Clovis’ highest finisher, tying for sixth with a 150 — an impressive feat, Fullerton said, for a freshman.
“He was playing with all those No. 1 kids, and he stayed hole-to-hole for the most part,” said Fullerton, whose team is made up of one junior, three sophomores and Peterson.