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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gators' golf program honored by

For the second straight year, Xavier Prep’s golf program has been honored with coaching and player selections by the news outlet.

XCP athletic director and co-head coach Sr. Lynn Winsor and associate athletic director Tui Selvaratnam were named Co-Head Coaches of the Year after earning the designation a year ago. Xavier won its seventh straight Division I team title and 35th overall this fall.

And two-time state medalist Ashley Menne was named as a finalist for Player of the Year along with seven others. Menne, a sophomore, was Player of the Year as a freshman last season.

Other candidates are Jenny Bae of Chandler Hamilton, Izzy Cantwell of Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, Hannah May of Phoenix Arcadia, Michelle Nguyen of Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, Alexandra Quihuis of Tucson Salpointe Catholic, Toni St. John of Hamilton and Kelly Su of Scottsdale Chaparral.

Award winners will be honored by azcentral at a program in June 2018. Male and female athletes from all sports will take part in the event.

In addition, freshman Lauren Garcia was named an Honorable Mention selection. She finished seventh in the state tournament that was held in Tucson this fall.

“I am so proud of our entire team and it’s always wonderful when our golf team members receive recognition,’’ Winsor said. “All five of our Xavier entrants at state played well and the competition was excellent.

“To mb named by azcentral as a possible Player of the Year (Menne) and an Honorable Mention (Garcia) is truly an honor and the coaches and team are very proud of them.’’

Said Selvaratnam: “Coaching the 2017 team alongside Sister Lynn was a wonderful experience. Having 14 girls on the team and watching how each and every one supported and encouraged each other was great to see.’’

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