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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Versatile golf lineup carries Gators past Perry

 Xavier Prep’s golf team took to one of the Valley’s newer courses on Monday (Aug. 29) and rolled to a 21-shot victory over host Gilbert Perry at the Bear Creek Golf Complex in Chandler.

Xavier is now 2-0 in two-team “sectional’’ matches (vs. Perry and Chandler High), along with wins in the Brophy Invitational and Nighthawk Invitational tournaments.

It was an all-junior lineup for the Gators against Perry, with Grace Rubelsky taking medalist honors with an even-par 36 over the Bear Course. Kyla Layman and Kalyn Doss were next at 1-over 37, Lena Durette was at 2-over 38 and Reimi Bleyl was fifth at 7-over 43.

Other Xavier scores with their “extra’’ players:

Freshman Madalyn Gubernick, 2 under 34; junior Kate Hauptman, 1-under 35; senior Annie Dawson and junior Karter Nannen, both at even-par 36; freshman Isabelle Piazza at 1-over 37; junior Lauren Campbell at 4-over 40; freshmen Alanna Karuru and Giulianna Bulkley, both at even-par 36.

Also, junior Jayden Jevnick, 6-over 42; senior Sophie Stamatis, 7-over 43; sophomore Carrie Doss and freshmen Ellie Von Kolen and Sophie De Benito-Brooks, all at 8-over 44, and sophomore Aanvi Goel at 11-over 47.

Another tournament lies ahead for the Gators on Thursday (Sept. 1) and Friday (Sept. 2), the Brophy Rodeo, presented by Ping, at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.


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