Salpointe and Krystal Quihuis repeat as state golf championsby Andy Morales on Oct. 27, 2012, under Sports
GIRLS DIVISION II
October 26-27: Silverbell
Salpointe rolled over their opponents Saturday and Sunday to capture the Division II state championship by a combined 64 strokes. Cactus Shadows started out the second round knowing they would have to work to cut into an already commanding 26-stroke lead after Friday but they were unable to keep pace.
The Lancers beat Notre Dame by “only” 38 strokes last year (626 to 664) so it appears their hold on D-II has gotten stronger even with the loss of Tess Terry (5th place) and Alex Davis (17th) to graduation.
Head coach Michele Murphy told me she was really proud of her team for what they accomplished on the fairways this year, especially since she didn’t know if she was going to be able to share it with them.
Murphy was diagnosed with breast cancer in January and began treatments in February. Six weeks of chemo, surgery and radiation will take its toll on anyone Murphy was no exception.
“Phil Gruensfelder (Salpointe athletic director) was very patient with me,” explained a very grateful Murphy. “He gave me time to see if I could do this and Mike (Hultquist) stepped in to help me out.”
Hultquist is her assistant and a former University of Arizona golfer.
“They rallied this year and some of them sat with me during chemo, especially Alex Davis,” added Murphy.
The team wore pink pins, used pink balls and had special uniforms with pink ribbons on them but they still had to turn all that emotion and all that skill into positive energy on the course.
“I needed them as much as they needed me,” said Murphy.
One golfer who stands out above the rest is her number one, Krystal Quihuis.
Quihuis won the state championship by six strokes last year over Abbie Cantwell of Cactus Shadows and she repeated her effort this year by beating CDO standout Morgan Messick 137-141.
“Krystal is a player who just thinks golf,” explained Murphy.
“She sets her own goals for each round and plays it out in her head for every hole. I have never seen such analytical thinking on the course and she is very dedicated. She takes every chance to be on the course she can and will continue to practice even after we are done.”
Quihuis is only a junior and Messick is only a sophomore. Messick improved from third place last year to runner-up this year. Imagine what kind of scores they could produce had the AIA scheduled them on the same tee.
Sahuaro’s Desiree Hong came in third with a score of 148 to help the Cougars finish in fourth pace as a team, the second highest finish from Southern Arizona behind Salpointe.
Other Salpointe golfers include:
6 Brianna Vogel 78-72 150
10 Araceli Esquivel 78-76 154
13 Claire Hanson 81-77 158
23 Alex Friedman 84-83 167
No girls from Southern Arizona qualified for the D-I state championships.
1 Salpointe Catholic 303-296 (599)
2 Cactus Shadows 329-334 (663)
3 Notre Dame 333-331 (664)
4 Sahuaro 335-331 (666)
5 Ironwood Ridge 336-331 (667)
6 Scottsdale Christian 336-335 (674)
7 Catalina Foothills 339-354 (693)
8 Verrado 346-349 (695)
9 Canyon del Oro 366-363 (729)
10 St. Gregory 369-364 (733)
11 Liberty 379-379 (758)