By QCS Staff
RUIDOSO — The Tucumcari Rattlers improved their first round score by 15 strokes Tuesday but finished ninth in the small-school division of the Leroy Gooch Invitational golf tournament.
The Rattlers shot a 349 Tuesday at the Links at Sierra Blanco and finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament at 713.
St. Michael’s won the nine-team tournament for Class 1A-3A schools with a 623.
Steven Smith fired a 9-over-par 81on Tuesday and led the Rattlers with a two-day total of 169. He finished tied for 23rd.
Other Tucumcari scores:
• Qasim Badshaw 85-87 — 172
• Gabriel Montoya 92-88 — 180
• Nathan Andrada 99-93 — 192
• Patrick Wiegel 127-98 — 225
• Alex Hutchins 112-96 — 208
Johnny Duncan of Ruidoso was the tournament medalist with two-round total of 147.
The first round was played at Alto.