Sahuaro opens up girl’s golf season with win over CDO & Foothillsby Andy Morales on Aug. 27, 2013, under Sports
Sahuaro, Canyon del Oro and Catalina Foothills all made it to the Girl’s Division II State Championship last year under the team course-qualifying system and it looks like there are more than enough clubs in their bags to get back. The only difference this fall will be the venue.
The Aguila Golf Course in Laveen will host the D-I and D-II girl’s championships rather than Silverbell. Salpointe earned their second the team title last year with their top golfer Krystal Quihuis taking her second individual medal in a row.
Coming right behind Quihuis was Canyon del Oro’s Morgan Messick and Sahuaro’s Desiree Hong. Foothills lost Shireen Singh and Paige Valles to graduation but Stephanie Kay and Teagan Fail, along with new head coach Lance Robertson, return.
Robertson was the former baseball coach at Foothills where he earned 4A-I baseball coach of the year honors.
Sahuaro made it to state under then first-year coach Megan Hughes and they made a statement with a fourth place finish. All of Hughes’ top golfers are returning this fall including Hong and her daughter Taylor Hughes.
Brent Watkins practically willed his Lady Dorados into the state playoffs last year where they finished in the top ten. Sydney Bradford is back to provide CDO with a second punch behind Messick.
All three teams met on Tuesday at the Rolling Hills Golf Course on the far east side with Sahuaro taking the match 141 to CDO’s 162. Catalina Foothills came in with a 183.
Messick and Sahuaro’s Kathryn Ottman came in with a 33 followed by Hughes and Hong with a 34. Bradford and Foothills standout Kay shot a 35.
The course had a state qualifying mark of 39 for individuals and 160 for teams. Golfers must earned five qualifying scores to qualify individually for state. If a team qualifies, the coach can pick any golfers he or she wants to compete at state.
Taylor Hughes: 34
Samantha Hacker: 40
Desiree Hong: 34
Kathryn Ottman: 33
Rachel Blount: 37
Tea Bravo: 42
Canyon del Oro
Morgan Messick: 33
Sydney Bradford: 35
Robyn Young: 48
Bethany Vos: 46
Samantha Nettling: 48
Stephanie Kay: 35
Teagan Fail: 46
Perry Hutchison: 47
McKenna Bernier: 47
Kassy Tejeda: 45