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, October 21, 2015

Golf team wraps up perfect regular season

Mission accomplished.
At least for the regular season.
Xavier’s Gators wrapped up their regular season with a 16-shot win (145-161) over Goodyear Millennium at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen on Wednesday (Oct. 21), and now turn their attention to the Division I state tournament on the same course Nov. 2-3.
Xavier will be attempting to win the 33rd state title in the school’s history. The program has won four crowns in a row.
The Gators finished 10-0 in the regular season and won four tournaments, the Aguila, the Antigua (Scottsdale), the Kierland/Horizon (Scottsdale) and the Nighthawk (Tucson).
Coach Sr. Lynn Winsor said it was good that the team could play on the course where the state tournament will be held.
“The more you can play on the course that will have the state tournament, the better off you are,’’ Winsor said.
Winsor added that her seniors, Mikayla Fitzpatrick and Alisa Snyder, have played this course close to a couple dozen times, including the state tournament.
“Plus they and some of the other girls have practiced out here,’’ Winsor said.
Fitzpatrick was the medalist on Wednesday, shooting a 33 over the front nine. Junior Emily Mahar shot 36, junior Lily Worden shot 37, Snyder shot 39 and junior Elizabeth Calderelli shot 40.
After the match, the opposing teams shared cupcakes, with an “M’ and an “X’ in frosting, signifying the two teams.

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