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.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Xavier golf 2nd, but has significant deficit

If Xavier Prep’s golf team is to win its ninth straight Division I golf championship and 37th overall on Tuesday (Nov. 5), it will require one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the final round.

The Gators struggled in Monday’s (Nov. 4) opening round at the Omni Tucson National Resort’s Sonoran Course, an up and down layout that is one of the most physically demanding courses that these teams will play in this season or any season.

After Monday’s play, the Gators were in second place at 8-over-par 292, manageable in some cases but a gargantuan task considering that the leader is an outstanding Phoenix Pinnacle team that is playing as many Xavier teams have over the years, with a 16-shot lead at 8-under 276.

“We’ll just have to go back out there on Tuesday and play the best we can,’’ said long-time Xavier Coach and Athletic Director Sr. Lynn Winsor.

Pinnacle had three golfers among the top 10 after the opening round. They were Katie Stinchcomb (4-under 67, tied for second, one shot behind leader Grace Summerhays of Scottsdale Chaparral), Carolyn Fuller (3-under 68, tied for fifth) and Kyla Wilde (also at 68).

Meanwhile, Xavier’s outgoing senior star, Ashley Menne, also was at 68 and remains within range of winning the individual title in each of her four years as a Gator.

The rest of her Gator teammates: freshman Annie Dawson, tied for 14th at 3-over 74; junior Mary Beth Doss, tied for 17th with Xavier senior Breyana Matthews at 4-over 75; and sophomore Ivy Song, 24th at 7-over 78.

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