Bio

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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Gators are great on the putting green

 

Xavier Prep's primo putters -- Ivy Song, Kate Ryan, Kyla Layman and Lena Durette (Xavier photos).

A steady grip with a smooth follow-through will send the golf ball rolling, rolling, rolling across the green and hopefully into the cup, or at least close.

That’s the beauty of playing in an event such as the Putt Fore Charity sponsored by Charles Schwab on Thursday (Sept. 30) as a prelude to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship tournament from Nov. 6-8 at Phoenix Country Club.

Phoenix CC also happens to be the home course for Xavier Prep’s golf team, and four of the school’s players were feeling right at home for the putting contest on the course’s practice green.

The four were seniors Kate Ryan and Ivy Song and sophomores Kyla Layman and Lena Durette. They were part of the 126-player field.

Richard Hubbard, Xavier Director of Development for Corporate and Major Gifts, watches the Gator players line up their putts during practice.

Ryan was on target, converting two “holes in one’’ on the way to earning the top prize. She and a representative from the Sherry’s Hope charity, Roy Lampsa, tied for the top spot and it was decided that they would split the $5,000 award. Xavier’s portion will go to the school’s general fund that will be used in the area of greatest need, according to Sr. Lynn Winsor, the golf team’s co-head coach with Tui Selvaratnam and the school’s long-time athletic director.

“Kate and our girls did a nice job representing Xavier,’’ said Winsor, whose team has won 37 state championships and finished second in the 2019 Schwab charity event.


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