Portales could never quite get on track at the state golf tournament, as each team finished sixth at the University of New Mexico.
Portales’ girls took 20 strokes off their Monday performance to finish at 926, one shot behind Texico. The Ram boys, meanwhile, shot 342 Monday and 343 Tuesday for a total score of 685.
“We’re all disappointed a little bit. The course didn’t play well at all,” Portales coach Andy Correll said. “I know our guys feel they could have done better, but I’m still proud of each and every one of them.”
St. Michael’s shot a 625 to edge Lovington (630) for the title.
Portales senior Donavin Sanchez, one shot off the lead after Monday, shot a 10-over-par 82 to slide to a three-way tie for sixth place with a two-day total of 156.
But Correll said there were positives. Senior Rick Bergman was consistent over the tournament with a 172 and Tristan Cottrell shaved 10 strokes off his Monday performance. Cottrell shot an 86 on Tuesday, and came inches away from a hole-in-one on the sixth hole with a 6-iron.
“There’s no give up in these guys,” Correll said, “and that’s all we can ask.”
Johnny Duncan of Ruidoso was the medalist with a two-day total of 148, 4 over par.
The Portales girls, meanwhile, were led by Paige Hartman, who shot 223 to tie for 19th.
Socorro was consistent throughout, shooting a 384 Monday and 385 Tuesday for a 769, well ahead of second-place Hot Springs (810).
Jamie Palermo of St. Michael’s claimed medalist honors with a 166.
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Team standings: St. Michael’s 309-316-625, Lovington 310-320-630, Hope Christian 323-317-640, Mesilla Valley 332-330-662, Ruidoso 347-320-667, Portales 342-343-685, Sandia Prep 351-334-685, Socorro 346-340-686, New Mexico Military Institute 357-359-716.
Top five individuals: Johnny Duncan, Ruidoso 76-72-148. Dylan Healy, Hope Christian 77-73-150. Parker Ashton, St. Michael’s 74-78-152. Taylor Arreola, Lovington 75-79-154. Kamron Whitley, 80-75-155.
Portales scores: Donavin Sanchez 74-82-156, Rick Bergman 87-85-172, Will Archibeque 85-90-175, Tristan Cottrell 96-86-182, Dennis Short 99-97-196.
Team standings: Socorro 384-385-769, Hot Springs 399-411-810, Robertson 424-413-837, Bosque 418-424-842, Texico 480-445-925, Portales 473-453-926, Lovington 481-482-963.
Top five individuals: Jamie Palermo, St. Michael’s 83-83-166. Erin Whitehead, Hot Springs 90-78-168. Haley Raymond, Socorro 83-86-169, Kristen Cline, Socorro 90-89-179. Marqui Armstrong, Gallup Catholic 91-92-183.
Portales scores: Paige Hartman 112-111-123, Kelsey Prince 117-117-234, Gabby Espinoza 125-110-235, Amber McCasland 125-115-140, Tylar Rowley 119-122-241.