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.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Under-par finish adds to XCP golf luster

 It was a great way for Xavier Prep’s golf team to finish the regular season and begin to focus on defending their Division I state championship on Nov. 1-2. The Gators have won 37 state championships.

By defeating Cave Creek Cactus Shadows and Glendale Mountain Ridge in a three-way match at the Palm Valley Country Club in Goodyear on Wednesday (Oct. 6), Xavier finished 10-0 in dual/three-way competition (not counting invitationals).

And the Gators did it in impressive fashion. Three of their top four golfers finished under par (par 35), to give the team a four-under 136. Cactus Shadows finished with a 6-over 146 and Mountain Ridge was at 31-over 171.

The top three golfers for Xavier were sophomore Kate Hauptman (3-under 32), junior Annie Dawson (2-under 33) and sophomore Jayden Jevnick (1-under 34). The fourth player contributing to the team score was sophomore Lena Durette (2-over 37).

Other Xavier scores were sophomore Kalyn Doss (2-over 37), sophomore Grace Rubelsky (3-over 38), senior Ivy Song (3-over 38) and sophomore Kyla Layman (4-over 39).

The golf team will now take a break of sorts, working on individual aspects of their game, and will play in a state preview event on Oct. 18 at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen.

From there, it will be on to the Tucson National Golf Club for the state tournament on the facility’s Sonoran Course.


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