DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Win gives golf team momentum heading into tourney

Xavier golf co-coach Tui Selvaratnam says her players are ready for this weekend’s Nighthawk Invitational in the Tucson area, and the Gators should be able to ride a bit of momentum gained from Wednesday’s (Sept. 10) triumph over Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor and Scottsdale Desert Mountain in a three-way match at Phoenix Country Club.
Washed out of a match in north Phoenix on Monday, the Gators were fortunate to move Wednesday’s match from Camelback Country Club to Phoenix CC.
Xavier scored 150, with Sandra Day O’Connor totaling 191 and Desert Mountain 198 in the nine-hole, par-36 competition.
XCP’s Madison Kerley and Ariana Macioce shared medalist honors at 36. Lily Worden and Rebecca Redhorse shot 39, and Alisa Snyder shot 40.
“We saw some good shots out there. We played pretty decent,’’ Selvaratnam said.
The Nighthawk Invitational, hosted by Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge High, will be played Friday (Sept. 12) and Saturday (Sept. 13) at the Omni National Golf Resort.
That course is more of a desert style, as opposed to a greener, tree-lined layout such as Phoenix CC, one of the Valley’s oldest.
“It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be a good experience for us,’’ Selvaratnam said. “The first day will be interesting, because I don’t think that many teams have played there. The second day, everybody will have a much better idea of how to approach things.’’

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