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 30, 2021

Senior golfers have emotional home farewell

 Xavier Prep’s golf team reached an emotional conclusion to the home portion of its 2021 schedule at Phoenix Country Club on Wednesday (Sept. 29), defeating Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor and Chandler High.

It was the last home match for four seniors – Ava Mayberger, Kate Ryan, Audrey Sanchez and Ivy Song. And it was fitting that a senior – Song – was the medalist with a 1-under par 35. Those four and their teammates gathered as dusk was arriving for tears, hugs, jokes and a slice of cake.

Xavier finished with a team score of 163, with O’Connor at 187 and Chandler at 218.

The match started a bit late after a water-pipe malfunction on the sixth hole forced the golfers to abandon that hole and use 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 and 10.

“It was a different day and we had our ups and downs, but we were able to come together and get it done,’’ said Tui Selvaratnam, the team’s co-head coach along with Sr. Lynn Winsor.

“It was emotional, but good. For our seniors, it has been a great four years. They all have developed into wonderful leaders.’’

After a win over Tempe Corona del Sol on Tuesday (Sept. 28) at Phoenix Country Club, the Gators came right back on Wednesday.

Xavier Prep 163, Sandra Day O’Connor 187, Chandler High 218

Xavier scores

Pre-determined top 5 (*counts toward team score)

*Ivy Song, Sr., 1-under 35; *Lena Durette, So., 1-over 37; *Ava Mayberger, Sr., 9-over 45; *Jayden Jevnick, So., 10-over 46; Audrey Sanchez, Sr., 12-over 48.

Additional players

Annie Dawson, Jr., 2-under 34; Grace Rubelsky, So., 2-over 38; Kate Hauptman, So., 2-over 38; Lauren Campbell, So., 3-over 39; Reimi Bleyl, So., 4-over 40; Karter Nannen, So., 5-over 41; Carrie Doss, Fr., 6-over 42; Kalyn Doss, So., 7-over 43; Kate Ryan, Sr., 7-over 43; Kyla Layman, So., 8-over 44; Sophie Stamatis, Jr., 15-over 51; Aanvi Goel, Fr., 22-over 58.

Tuesday scores

Xavier Prep 157, Corona del Sol 217

(Pre-determined top 5 (*counts toward team score)

*Jayden Jevnick, So., 1-over 37; *Kate Hauptman, So., 3-over 39; *Annie Dawson, Jr., 4-over 40; *Kate Ryan, Sr., 5-over 41; Karter Nannen, So., 6-over 42.

Additional players

Lena Durette, So., 1-over 37; Ivy Song, Sr., 2-over 38; Kyla Layman, So., 3-over 39; Grace Rubelsky, So., 4-over 40; Kalyn Doss, So., 5-over 41; Carrie Doss, Fr., 5-over 41; Ava Mayberger, Sr., 8-over 44; Sophie Stamatis, Jr., 8-over 44; Reimi Bleyl, So., 8-over 44; Audrey Sanchez, Sr., 10-over 46; Lauren Campbell, So., 11-over 47; Aanvi Goel, Fr., 18-over 54.

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