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, May 25, 2016

Gator golfers have good showing in USGA

Xavier Prep, already well known among national high school golf circles, recently added another chapter to its long story of excellence.
Four XCP players, an incoming freshman, and 10-year Gator co-head coach and associate athletic director Tui Selvaratnam, participated in the United States Golf Association Womens Amateur Four-Ball Championship at the Steamsong Golf Club in Florida. The course is about a 90-minute drive south of Orlando.
Seniors-to-be Elizabeth Caldarelli and Emily Mahar reached the round of 16 (two-person teams) before falling to a team from Texas that played for the tournament title on Wednesday (May 25).
Graduating seniors Alisa Snyder and Mikayla Fitzpatrick reached the round of 32, but were stopped by the tournament’s No. 1 seed. Snyder, who was the Division I state champion in Arizona, and Fitzpatrick survived a four-way playoff in stroke play to reach the 32.
Incoming XCP freshman Ashley Menne and Yuma’s Lauren Metcalf did not make the cut, nor did Selvaratnam and friend Mari Miezwa of Minnesota.
The Xavier contingent had qualified for the national event in February at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa. About 330 teams started the process and that was whittled down to 64, according to Selvaratnam.
“It (qualifying) was very competitive,’’ said Selvaratnam. “Our girls played well and then we had a “mini-Xavier’ outing. We had a good time.
“Playing in this USGA tournament was a good experience. It should help Elizabeth and Emily this year when our season starts, and help Ashley prepare for her first season at Xavier. I also think that Alisa (Michigan) and Mikayla (Cincinnati Xavier) will benefit.’’
Selvaratnam added that she hopes the Gators will be represented in next year’s USGA Amateur Four-Ball, which will be held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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