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, September 10, 2019

Next great Gator golfer just might be Ivy Song

Xavier Prep sophomore Ivy Song seems to be getting better and better on the golf course.

She shot a 5-under-par 31 on Tuesday (Sept. 10) to take medalist honors and help the Gators defeat Tempe Corona del Sol and Mesa Desert Ridge in a three-way match at Phoenix Country Club. It was the second medalist effort for Song this season.

Xavier senior Ashley Menne and junior Mary Beth Doss finished in a tie for the No. 2 spot at 3-under 33.

“I know Ivy is very excited about the way she is playing and so are we (coaches and teammates),’’ said Xavier co-coach Tui Selvaratnam. “All the hard work she put in over the summer is paying off. All of the girls worked hard.’’

A light breeze and puffy cotton-ball clouds greeted the golfers as tee time approached.

“It was nice and cool with the 90s (temperature), at least compared to 115 or something like that,’’ Selvaratnam said.

Other Xavier finishers: senior Breyana Matthews, tie for 4th, 1-over 37; freshman Annie Dawson, 6th, 2-over 38; senior Sydney Trout, tie for 8th, 6-over 42; sophomore Kate Ryan, 12th, 7-over 43; sophomore Ava Mayberger, tie for 13th, 9-over 45; senior Danae Bravo, tie for 13th, 9-over 45; senior Sissi Wang, 15th, 10-over 46; sophomore Audrey Sanchez, 16th, 12-over 48; and freshman Sophie Stamatis, tie for 17th, 17-over 53.

The Gators have had a heavy early season schedule but now get a 10-day break. They will resume play on Sept. 20-21 in the annual Aguila Invitational at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen.

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