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.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Xavier tries to survive in tough golf field

Competing against some of the best golf teams from across the country, Xavier Prep’s Gators finished Friday’s (Aug. 30) first day of the Antigua National High School Golf Invitational in a fourth-place tie out of 18 teams.

The two-day event is being held at the Whirlwind Golf Course in Chandler, near the Wild Horse Pass Resort off Interstate 10.

Xavier was tied with the Punahou Gold Team from Honolulu at 13 over par. Troy of Fullerton, Calif., was the leader at +9, followed by Phoenix Pinnacle at +11 and the Punahou Blue Team at +12.

Senior Ashley Menne, Arizona’s three-time state champion, was tied with two others for the individual lead at 2 under par. The first-round field listed 100 players.

Other Xavier scores: senior Breyana Matthews, +3, tied for 16th; sophomore Ivy Song, +5, tied for 30th; junior Mary Beth Doss, +7, tied for 45th; freshman Annie Dawson, +8, tied for 49th; and junior Lauren Garcia, +12, tied for 64th.

Players in Saturday’s (Aug. 31) are scheduled to tee off at approximately 7:15 a.m.

First-round team scores

Troy (Fullerton, Calif.) +9, Phoenix Pinnacle +11, Punahou Blue (Honolulu) +12, Punahou Gold (Honolulu)  +13, Xavier Prep +13, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows +16, Mater Dei (Chula Vista, Calif.) +17, Archbishop McCarthy (SW Ranches, Fla.) +23, Gilbert Highland +25, Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge +25, Chandler Hamilton +27, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) +30, Bay Port (Green Bay, Wis.) +32, Goodyear Millennium +32, Punahou White (Honolulu) +44, Mesa Red Mountain +54, Waxahatchie (Waxahatchie, Texas) +89, Gilbert Perry +108.

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