In each golf tournament this season, a different Tucumcari High School golfer has stepped up with low numbers. Thursday, Nick Wiegel and Matt Smith each shot a 77 to help Tucumcari place second out of seven teams in a tournament at Raton.
Assistant Coach Rex Maddaford said each of the Rattler golfers who made the trip were focused on the task at hand.
“I think they really played a mature game,” said Maddaford. “On the bus ride to Raton, they were talking about their game.” Brain Lopez was not far behind Wiegel and Smith. Lopez shot a 78 while Aaron Peacock finished with a score of 80 and Larry Roybal finished with an 83.
As a team, the Rattlers shot under their target score for just the second time this season. They shot 312 as a whole, needing to shoot lower than the target score of 324.
If the Rattlers can equal or better their target one more time, they will qualify for the state tournament. Maddaford said things were a little shaky for awhile at Raton. “After the first nine holes, we didn’t look good,” said Maddaford. “We were looking at high numbers, but then the guys adjusted and played the back nine well even though the distances were increased on the second nine holes.”
Maddaford noted that hole number two was 150 feet away from the tee the first time around, but 212 feet away the second time around. Despite the low individual scores, no Rattler made his individual target score for the tournament. Wiegel and Smith were very close, just one off the target of 76. Raton won its home tournament. The Raton team shot nine under Tucumcari’s second place score.
Maddaford said the Raton course is known to play a little easier than other courses, but that was negated by the rough greens in the mountainous setting.
“Their course was about what our course (Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course) was like five weeks ago,” he said.