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, August 23, 2017

Golf win: "Strong effort by everybody'

Xavier Prep’s golfers are back in business.

The Gators produced a decisive victory in their opening match for 2017, outdistancing Scottsdale Desert Mountain by 43 strokes on Tuesday (Aug. 22) at their Phoenix Country Club home.

Sophomore Ashley Menne, the co-medalist at last year’s state tournament won by XCP, also was medalist in this one with a three-under-par 33 on the warm afternoon. Xavier’s team score was 138, with 181 for Desert Mountain.

Other Xavier first-group scores: Eve Worden 34, Bre Matthews 34, Bailey Tayles 37, Mary Beth Doss 40.

“The first match of the season, there’s always a lot going on,’’ said Xavier co-head coach Tui Selvaratnam. “The girls did a good job focusing on what they needed to do. It was a strong effort by everybody.’’

The Gators are back on the course on Wednesday (Aug. 23), traveling to face Anthem Boulder Creek at the Anthem Country Club. Xavier’s first tournament of the season comes on Friday (Aug. 25) and Saturday (Aug. 26), the Nighthawk Invite at the Omni Tucson National course. It also will be the site of this year’s state tournament.

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