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.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Golfers avoid another rainout, top Mtn. Ridge

Xavier Athletic Director and co-head golf coach Sr. Lynn Winsor nervously kept checking her phone on Wednesday (Sept. 25) while sitting on the patio at Phoenix Country Club.

She was not awaiting a phone call. She was checking her weather app.

The screen lit up like a colorful Christmas tree. Winsor was monitoring a storm near Buckeye in the west Valley that appeared to be headed toward central Phoenix, complete with lightning.

“It’s been a beautiful day for golf, but now I don’t know,’’ she said.

The Gators had a three-way meet with Chandler Hamilton and Scottsdale Chaparral in south Chandler that was canceled due to bad weather on Monday (Sept. 23), and she did not want that to happen again against Glendale Mountain Ridge.

“Finding a new date agreeable to all the schools is not an easy thing to do,’’ she said. “A lot of the courses are starting to do their overseeding.

“But it’s good that we can get out here and keep ourselves sharp.’’

Wednesday’s threatening skies did not unleash their fury on the course, and Xavier was able to post a healthy 28-shot victory.

Senior Breyana Matthews picked up her first winning medal of the season with an even-par 36. Sophomore Ivy Song was second with a 2-over-par 38.

Other Xavier scores: junior Mary Beth Doss 40, senior Sissi Wang 40, junior Lauren Garcia 42, freshman Annie Dawson 44, senior Sydney Trout 47, sophomore Audrey Sanchez 47, sophomore Ava Mayberger 48, senior Danae Bravo 49, sophomore Kate Ryan 51 and freshman Sophie Stamatis 68.

For their remaining home matches of the season, the Gators will set up shop at Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale. Next on the schedule will be Mesa Mountain View and Gilbert Perry on Monday (Sept. 30).

Menne at Pebble Beach

Senior leader Ashley Menne did not play on Wednesday.

She is in Pebble Beach, Calif., preparing to play in the PURE Insurance Championships Impacting The First Tee. The First Tee is an organization that helps introduce young people to golf all across the country.

Menne will play with two Valley boys’ golfers – Scott Schlader of Phoenix Desert Vista and Cade Kilauwski of Gilbert Perry in national team competition at Pebble Beach on Friday (Sept. 27) and Saturday (Sept. 28).

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