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.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

XCP scores 11-shot victory in Nighthawk golf

 It’s always good to look ahead by playing the golf course on which the Division I championship will be held this fall.

And if Xavier Prep’s Gators can come up with a similar performance with everything on the line that they did over the weekend in the Nighthawk Invitational at the Omni Tucson National Resort, it will be another memorable achievement for the state’s most storied program.

Xavier recorded an 11-shot victory over Division II school Cave Creek Cactus Shadows.

The Gators had a 599 total, while Cactus Shadows had 610. Defending D-I champion Chandler Hamilton was third at 619 and Peoria Liberty was fourth at 637.

Friday’s (Aug. 26) first round was played on the Catalina Course and Saturday’s (Aug. 27) final round was played on the Sonoran Course.

Xavier had four individuals finish in the top 10. They were junior Kyla Layman who was tied for third at 142, junior Kate Hauptman, who was eighth at 149, and junior Lena Durette and freshman Madalyn Gubernick, who were deadlocked in the No. 9 spot at 150.

Nikki Kato, who transferred to Cactus Shadows from a school in Washington state and was that area’s Division 2 winner, took the Nighthawk title at 140, while defending Arizona D-I champ and national champ Jennifer Seo was second at 141.

Other Xavier golfers were junior Grace Rubelsky at 154, junior Jayden Jevnickj at 155 and junior Reimi Bleyl at 158.

Xavier will be back in action on Monday (Aug. 29) against Gilbert Perry at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Gilbert. First tee time is 3 p.m.

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