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.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Golfers aim for 2nd title in row, 38th overall

 Xavier Prep’s golfers are ready to go for the Division I state tournament, where the Gators will attempt to win their second straight crown and the 38th overall in school history.

The tournament tees off on Monday (Nov. 1) and continues on Tuesday (Nov. 2) at the Omni Tucson National golf resort, where the players will play the Sonoran Course, which has more rugged and up-and-down terrain than the more traditional Catalina.

Xavier has sent its golfers down to the course in recent weeks to get a feel for their surroundings.

The strength of the team is its versatility. Almost any one of the golfers can get their game going on any given day.

Three of this year’s players finished in the top 12 a year ago on the Catalina – sophomore (then freshman) Kate Hauptman (third), senior (then junior) Ivy Song (sixth) and sophomore (then freshman) Jayden Jevnick (11th).

Also, keep an eye on junior Annie Dawson and sophomore Lena Durette, the latter playing well late in the season and playing  in her first state tournament. Sophomore Kalyn Doss will be available as an alternate.

Xavier is led by co-head coaches Sr. Lynn Winsor and Tui Selvaratnam and assistant Jane Ladensack.

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