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, August 26, 2015

Gator golfers set record in opening match

Could Xavier’s 2015 golf team be better than the one that captured the school’s 32nd state title in 2014?
If Wednesday’s (Aug. 26) season-opening match was any indication, the answer might be yes.
The Gators, facing Phoenix Pinnacle, had a school team record for nine holes with a 131 at Phoenix Country Club, one shot better than the previous mark.
It was Xavier’s 205th straight win without a loss and put the team’s record at 427-25 since Coach Sr. Lynn Winsor took over the program in 1974. Winsor and co-coach Tui Selvaratnam were understandably overjoyed by Wednesday’s turn of events.
Four out of five individual scores count in a high school match and here are the scores over the par-36 course (nine holes): juniors Elizabeth Caldarelli and Emily Mahar at 31, senior Mikayla Fitzpatrick at 33, senior Alisa Snyder at 36 and junior Lily Worden at 38.

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