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 7, 2016

Freshman leads Xavier to golf victory

Editor’s note: The XCP Files will have a guest contributor for parts of the current school year. She is Madison Kerley, a 2015 graduate of XCP who is a sophomore at Arizona State University. She was the individual champion in the 2014 Division I state golf tournament and currently is a member of ASU's golf team. These reports are part of her journalism school curriculum.

By Madison Kerley
XCP Class of 2015
    The Xavier College Preparatory golf team continued its winning ways on Tuesday (Sept. 6) as the Gators defeated Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor by 69 strokes at Phoenix Country Club.
    The Gators’ fifth win of the season came in their usual impressive fashion. Coach Sr. Lynn Winsor was pleased with her team as it shot its lowest score of the season, 136, in order to defeat Sandra Day O’Connor’s 205.
   XCP was led by freshman Ashley Menne, who shot a five-under-par 31, to earn the medalist honors by three strokes. Menne’s score was the third-lowest total for nine holes by an XCP golfer in school history, Winsor said.
    There also were solid showings from seniors Elizabeth Caldarelli and Emily Mahar, who both shot 34, as well as senior Lily Worden, who shot 37.
    “Today felt good because I have been struggling recently . . . even though my score didn’t reflect quite as well as I was hoping or had prepared for it was still pretty good,” Mahar said.
   The Gators stand in good shape as they have another home match Wednesday (Sept. 7) against Phoenix Horizon at Phoenix Country Club and have one of their biggest tournaments of the year this weekend. Xavier will be competing against some of the top teams in the state and from across the country in the Antigua High School Invitational at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale on Friday (Sept. 9) and Saturday (Sept. 10).
    “Today was a good step in preparing for Antigua because everyone showed how they have been working hard to play well in the tournament and hopefully win,” Caldarelli said.

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