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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Golfer Menne triumphs in AJGA tournament

Xavier Prep athletic director and golf co-head coach Sr. Lynn Winsor likes to refer to sophomore to be golfer Ashley Menne as Smashly.

Perhaps that is because Menne has the strength to drive the ball all over the course. But she has touch, too, from the fringe of the green to putts on the carpet. That is what makes her a complete player, one that the state of Arizona has not seen in quite some time.

Menne’s talents have enabled her to have an outstanding summer on the course. The latest achievement came over the weekend when she won the Ryan Moore American Junior Golf Association Tournament at the Oakbrook Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash.

Menne was ahead of the pack from beginning to end in the three-day event, finishing with a 202, seven shots better than second-place Kailie Vongsaga of Diamond Bar, Calif., and setting a tournament record by five shots.

She shot a final-round 70, including an ace on the 13th hole. She used a 6-iron on the 161-yard hole.

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