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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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Golfers leave tourney foes in the dust

Xavier Prep’s golf team won its fourth tournament of the season on Saturday (Sept. 23), leaving its competitors far in the distance at the Brophy-Xavier Invitational at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course in west Phoenix.

Xavier (11-0) had all eight finish in succession, led by medalist Ashley Menne (the top five totals go toward the team score).

The Gators won the tournament’s second edition by more than 100 strokes over Scottsdale Desert Mountain and Tempe Corona del Sol. There were about six teams originally scheduled to play as there were a year ago, but the observance of the Jewish holiday caused cancellation by a handful of teams.

“We decided to go ahead and play rather than having no teams on our (girls’) side, said Xavier co-coach and athletic director Sr. Lynn Winsor. “Next year, we will be more vigilant of the schedule and have this where it doesn’t conflict with anything else.’’

Menne, a sophomore, added another first-place individual trophy to her collection by shooting a 6-under-par 65 on Friday’s (Sept. 22) first day and a 4-under 67 on Saturday for a 10-under total of 132.

Freshman Breyana Matthews shot a 1-under 70 on Saturday to finish at 3-over for the tournament, good for second place.

Sophomore Millburn Ho was next at 6-over, followed by junior Eve Worden at 11-over, and freshman Lauren Garcia at 13-over.

The Gators had three extra players, and their scores were . . .

Freshman Mary Doss at 6-over, junior Emily Cons at 9-over and freshman Baylee Tayles at 16-over.

“This was a good test for us,’’ Winsor said. “The more experience you get on these different courses, the better off you are.

“The course was in good shape and we played very well. When you first see the course, it kind of looks easy but that isn’t the case at all. The goal is not to get the ball in the bunkers, of course, but it probably will happen at some point. The bunkers here are big and you have to hit the ball well to get it out.’’

Xavier has just one match this coming week, on Wednesday (Sept. 27) against Corona del Sol and Scottsdale Chaparral at Phoenix Country Club. Tee time is 3 p.m.

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