Golfers win tournament

William Thompson

The Tucumcari Varsity Golf team finished its invitational tournament Monday with a score of 330.

Las Vegas-Robertson came in second with a 333. Raton had a 356 while Clayton shot a 395. Josh Hurley, an assistant coach for the Rattler team, said his players felt comfortable on their home course.

“We hit our target score of 330,” said Hurley. We, (the coaches), got to walk along with our players and give them advice. Plus we practiced like crazy the week before the tournament.”

The Tucumcari team hit their target score of 330 for the first time this season. If they hit that target score or better two more times, they will qualify for the state tournament.
Rattler Matt Smith scored an 80 for the tournament. That was just two shots off the winner’s score of 78. Brian Lopez and Larry Roybal each came away with an 81. Aaron Peacock scored an 88 and Clay Beevers wound up with a 91. It was a sunny and very windy day out at the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course. Hurley says he sees four Rattlers who have a good chance of making it to the state tournament.

“Matt Smith and Brian Lopez have really stepped up,” said Hurley. “Aaron Peacock and Larry Roybal have a real good chance too.”

The Rattler team has seven more tournaments on their schedule. That will give them seven chances to hit their target score twice more, to get to the state tournament.