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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Gator golfers 3rd after first day of National

 Xavier Prep’s golf quintuplets were in a respectable No. 3 position after Wednesday’s (June 23) first round of the National High School Golf Association National Tournament at the storied Pinehurst (N.C.) group of courses.

The Gators played the No. 8 course (of 9 courses) and ended the first day at 21-over-par. The Georgia state champions were in the lead at 4-over, South Carolina was second at 16-over. Nevada was fourth at 25-over and Phoenix Pinnacle, the tournament’s defending champion, was fifth at 27-over. The girls’ field includes 29 teams.

The top first-round finisher for Xavier was recently graduated Lauren Garcia, who was tied for 6th with a 2-over 74. Other Gators contributing to the team score were incoming senior (Class of 2022) Ivy Song, tied for 27th with a 6-over 78; junior-to-be Annie Dawson, also at 6-over 78; and incoming sophomore Jayden Jevnick, tied for 36th with a 7-over 79. Another soph-to-be, Kate Hauptman, did not figure in the team scoring with a 10-over 82, but has a chance to redeem herself over the final two rounds.

The golfers will have reasonable tee times on Thursday (June 24), unless you figure that North Carolina is 3 hours ahead of Arizona.

Garcia will tee off at 5 a.m., Arizona time, followed by Song at 5:10, Dawson at 5:20, Jevnick at 5:30 and Hauptman at 5:40.

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