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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Three golfers under par in tourney triumph

Xavier’s golf program has put its mark on many tournaments around the state and added another on Monday (Oct. 12).
The Gators won the inaugural Kierland Invitational, hosted by Phoenix Horizon, by finishing at 12-under par over the par-72 layout at Kierland Golf Course in north Scottsdale.
Xavier outdistanced the field that included Horizon, Goodyear Millennium, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep and Phoenix Pinnacle.
The Gators survived the uncharacteristically warm conditions for this time of year with three individuals who finished below par and another at par.
Junior Emily Mahar led the way with a 7-under 65 to earn medalist honors.
Xavier also had the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers. Second place went to senior Alisa Snyder at 69, third to junior Lily Worden at 70, and fourth to senior Mikayla Fitzpatrick at even-par 72. Junior Elizabeth Calderelli shot a 2-over 74.
“Our girls did a good job,’’ said long-time coach Sr. Lynn Winsor, also citing the team’s consistency throughout the season.
Xavier returns to one of its homes at Camelback Golf Club on Wednesday (Oct. 14) for a match with Phoenix St. Mary’s and Tempe Corona del Sol.

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