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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Allen grabs early lead as rodeo begins

There were no surprises Monday morning, at least as far as who the leader was, during the first go-round of steer roping at the West of the Pecos Rodeo at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Eighteen-time world’s champion Guy Allen came up with the best time of the morning, as the 2005 rodeo got underway with the first of two days of slack competition. The opening events include the complete first go-round of team roping, which Allen won with a 12 second time, eight-tenths of a second better than Guy Elliott.

Chet Hagen was just behind Elliott with a 12.9 second time, and two ropers, Buster Record and David Felton, tied for the No. 4 spot, with 13.1 second times.

The 46-year-old Allen closed out last year’s West of the Pecos Rodeo by tying Rod Hartness for the best time in the third go-round. Hartness would win the overall title in Pecos, but Allen would go on later in the year to earn his 18th world’s championship, and comes in to this year’s West of the Pecos Rodeo again ranked No. 1 in the current standings.

Steer roping began its second go-round immediately after the completion of the first go-round, and will continue Tuesday evening. Monday evening, slack competition was scheduled in tie-down roping, which continued on Tuesday, along with the opening of slack competition in steer wrestling and team roping.

The official start of the rodeo is Wednesday night, when competition will begin in the roughstock events, bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, along with ladies barrel racing and the local events at the rodeo, the wild cow milking competition and the wild mare race.

The 122nd anniversary West of the Pecos Rodeo runs from Wednesday night through Saturday night, with shows beginning at 8 p.m. Over 600 cowboys are scheduled to compete over the six full days of competition.

Martinez gets 29th in top flight of Texas-Oklahoma tourney

Pecos Eagle golfer Shelly Martinez ended up placing 29th this past week in the Championship Flight of the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament, held over four days in Wichita Falls.

Martinez, who placed third in May at the Class 3A state golf tournament, cut her scores all four days during the 72-hole tournament, finishing with an 82-81-79-78-320 total. She tied Andrews’ Kelsie Gray and Alex Smith from Decatur for 29th place in the tournament, which featured players from Texas, Oklahoma and several other states and foreign countries.

The Championship Flight included the top golfers from the first three rounds of the tournament in the 16, 17 and 18-year-old age groups, with a total of 42 girls entered in that division. The four round were held at three different sites around Wichita Falls on Tuesday through Friday, finishing up at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

Other West Texas golfers from San Angelo, Lubbock, El Paso Midland and Odessa competed in the Championship Flight, which was won by Daphne Vines of Austin with a 284 score. Two Midland golfers, Brian Scherer and Brent Bennett, placed first and second in the boys’ division of the Championship Flight, which had no local entries.

Two other golfers from Pecos also played in the tournament last week, in the younger age groups. In the girls 8-year-old division, Gabriella Cano shot a 56-51-51-53-211 to place fifth in her age group, while Pedro Cano shot a 44-44-48-43-179 playing in the boys 11-year old division. He ended up seventh in his division.

The young girls’ played their four tournament rounds in Archer City, while the 11-year-old boys played Archer City and two other sites during their four day tournament, which began last Monday and ended on Thursday.

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