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.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Gator golfers win tourney by 14 shots

Xavier Prep’s golf team produced another signature performance on Friday (Sept. 1) and Saturday (Sept. 2) by outplaying 17 other schools to win the annual Antigua Invitational.

After playing for several years at the McCormick Ranch Golf Course in Scottsdale, the event moved to the Whirlwind courses at the Wild Horse Pass resort in Chandler this year.

Xavier scored a 587, 11 over par, to defeat the Punahou (Hawaii) Blue team by 14 shots (601). Chandler Hamilton, Xavier’s Division I rival, finished third, 16 behind at 603.

Xavier now has won the Antigua tournament three times, finished second twice and third once.

Sophomore Ashley Menne was the Gators’ top individual, finishing second with a 69-71 for a 4-under par 140. Scottsdale Chaparral’s Kelly Su was the tournament medalist at 69-68-137.

Xavier tees off again on Tuesday (Sept. 5) with a home match against Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor at the Phoenix Country Club. Start time is 3 p.m. And another tournament looms for the Gators on Thursday (Sept. 7), the Aguila Invite at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen.

Antigua Invitational results


Xavier Prep 587, Punahou Blue (Hawaii) 601, Chandler Hamilton 603, Grapevine (Texas) 604, Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.) 611, Phoenix Pinnacle 614, Goodyear Millennium 620, Mesa Red Mountain 623, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 625, Coronado (Nev.) 632, Punahou Yellow (Hawaii) 635, Phoenix Horizon 676, Phoenix Desert Vista 686, Scottsdale Chaparral 698, Tucson Salpointe Catholic 713, Scottsdale Notre Dame 717, Legacy (Texas) 722, Tucson Ironwood Ridge 789.

Xavier individuals

2 Ashley Menne (So.) 69-68 – 137

T-7 Eve Worden (Jr.) 71-74 – 145

T-9 Lauren Garcia (Fr.) 73-73 – 146

T-14 Breyana Matthews (So.) 78-71 – 149

T-25 Millburn Ho (So.) 77-76 – 153

T-34 Mary Doss (Fr.) 82-75 – 157

T-37 Bailee Tayles (Fr.) 82-76 – 158

T-44 Emily Cons (Jr.) 79-81 – 160

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