The Gators finished in third place with a 590 score, 14 over par. Lake Mary, Fla. (near Orlando) was the only team to finish below par, winning with a 2-under 574. Troy High of Fullerton, Calif., was second with a 2-over 578.
Junior Ashley Menne, Xavier’s top golfer, finished in a tie for third place with Troy’s Sherilyn Villanueva with a 4-under 140. Two Lake Mary golfers, Izzy Pellot and Karoline Tuttle, shared medalist honors with 6-under 138s.
Also, senior Eve Worden was allowed to play in the tournament as an additional Xavier player, and she took 10th place out of about 100 golfers with a score of 147 and received a medal.
Athletic director and co-head coach Sr. Lynn Winsor said she and co-head coach Tui Selvaratnam were pleased with Xavier’s 6-stroke improvement on Saturday over Friday’s first round.
“Our scores were lower than any team from Arizona (12 of the 17 teams were home-grown), so we did very well, especially when you consider that we were six shots lower in the second round than we were on the first,’’ Winsor said.
“Lake Mary and Troy are outstanding teams and they played beautifully in the hot weather that they might not really be used to.’’
One of the highlights of the final day for Xavier was senior Emily Cons’ 8-shot improvement over her first round, including six birdies.
Xavier scores (*denotes part of team score):
Ashley Menne *140, Breyana Matthews *148, Ivy Song *150, Lauren Garcia *152, Bailee Tayles *154, Emily Cons 156, Mary Beth Doss 157.
Xavier will play its next match on Tuesday (Sept. 4) against Mesa Desert Ridge and Tempe Corona del Sol at Phoenix Country Club. That will be followed on Friday (Sept. 7) and Saturday (Sept. 8) with the Aguila Invitational at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen.