The Tucumcari High School golf team placed ninth out of twelve teams at New Mexico Military Institute, in Roswell Tuesday.
Rattler coach Charlie Maciel said he can not blame conditions or the military institute course.
“The course was a pretty flat, fast course and the weather was good,” said Maciel about the day. “It was a good day for scoring, but our guys haven’t had as much practice time as I would have liked. Our guys are still a little rusty. A couple of them just recently got finished with basketball. They will do better with more practice time.”
Tucumcari scored a 359 as a team. The winning team, Roswell Goddard, scored a 312 overall. Larry Roybal was Tucumcari’s individual leader, scoring an 82 for the tournament. That was 12 shots off the winner’s final tally.
Nick Wiegel shot an 88 for the tournament while Matt Smith shot a 94, Aaron Peacock had a 98 and Clay Beevers rounded out Tucumcari’s individual scoring with a 105.
Coach Maciel said he believes that Larry Roybal, Wiegel and Peacock are pretty much assured spots on the five-player teams that will enter tournaments for Tucumcari this spring.
“Those three guys are probably our best players,” said Maciel. “Matt Smith, Tim Roybal and Clay Beevers will be competing heavily for those other spots.”
Maciel said he wants to see a lot of golf fans out at Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course on March 22 when Tucumcari hosts a tournament involving players from Clayton, Raton, Las Vegas and Moriarty.
“We are looking for better scores from our players on our own course,” said Maciel. “We will be getting a lot more practice time in between now and then.”