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, September 10, 2021

Gators cut through heat to win Aguila Open golf

 A very warm (OK, it was hot) Thursday afternoon did not deter Xavier Prep’s golf team in the Aguila Open tournament in Laveen.

Xavier won the team event with a score of 316, 19 shots better than second-place Phoenix Arcadia.

The Xavier individual scores were . . .

Sophomore Kyla Layman 76 (4-over par), sophomore Grace Rubelsky 78 (6 over), freshman Carrie Doss 79 (7 over), senior Kate Ryan 83 (11 over) and senior Audrey Sanchez 86 (14 over). The top four contributed to the team score.

Scores for Xavier’s extra players . . .

Sophomore Karter Nannen 82 (10 over), junior Sophie Stamatis 85 (13 over), sophomore Reimi Bleyl 86 (14 over) and senior Ava Mayberger 90 (18 over).

“It was a great day of golf!’’ said Xavier co-head coach Tui Selvaratnam.

“The Gators weathered the heat and played very well. Very happy for the girls and the Xavier golf team.’’

Xavier will play again on Wednesday (Sept. 15) with a match against Gilbert Perry at XCP’s home course, the Phoenix Country Club.

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