Krystal Quihuis shoots 68 to take Nighthawk Invitational title; Sahuaro wins team by 14 strokesby Andy Morales on Sep. 14, 2013, under Sports
September 13-14: Omni Tucson National – Catalina
The Sahuaro Cougars widened their lead over Notre Dame to capture the team title of the Nighthawk Invitational Saturday at the Omni Tucson National.
Sahuaro was up seven strokes on Notre Dame after the first round on Friday and Notre Dame couldn’t close the gap on Saturday. Salpointe shaved 12 strokes off of their game on Saturday to finish in third place.
Lancer senior Krystal Quihuis was even with CDO standout junior Morgan Messick and Kaylee Benton of Buckeye Verrado after Friday but the future Arizona Wildcat pulled away on the front nine on Saturday morning to set the tone for the day.
Benton shot a 36 as did Taylor Hughes of Sahuaro and Messick 37 but Quihuis took a few chances and was rewarded with a 33 for her efforts.
“I was going for everything to see how far I could go,” explained Quihuis. “I felt my game was going great after I birdied the first two holes.”
Her game has been going more than “great” this year when you consider it included a 25-foot birdie to help Team USA capture the Junior Solheim Cup in August.
Quihuis bonded with several of the pro golfers at Solheim and looks to have another great year before she stays home to play for Arizona. “It was amazing,” she added. “They came into our room and gave us a mixed tape they had put together to pump us up.”
Messick shot a 34 on the back nine to cut into the lead to take second place by two strokes over Benton.
The front nine on Saturday morning counted towards qualifying for the state tournament. Each individual or team needs five qualifying scores to get to the state playoffs. The top 23 golfers picked up a qualifying mark.
1 Sahuaro 332 336: 668
2 Notre Dame 339 343: 682
3 Salpointe Catholic 351 339: 690
4 Ironwood Ridge 363 353: 716
5 Canyon del Oro 387 398: 785
6 Marana 403 401: 804
7 Westview 434 448: 882
8 Perry 519 481: 1000
T9 Verrado 201 409: DNS
T9 Catalina Foothills 195 401: DNS
T9 Buena 211 441: DNS
Day 1:Day 2 Front 9: Day 2 Back 9:Total
1:Krystal Quihuis:Salpointe Catholic:75:33:35:143
2:Morgan Messick:Canyon del Oro:75:37:34:146
5:Sarah Eversman:Notre Dame:76:38:41:155
8:Sydney Colwill:Ironwood Ridge:85:40:39:164
9:Riley Corona:Notre Dame:87:46:39:172
10:Ciara Petronzio:Notre Dame:88:39:47:174
11:Victoria Browning:Ironwood Ridge:85:44:46:175
12:Abby Herz:Catalina Foothills:85:46:46:177
14:Alex Friedman:Salpointe Catholic:91:45:44:180
15:Dana Tanner:Ind – Salpointe Catholic:90:44:47:181
15:Haley Kapanicas:Notre Dame:88:48:45:181
17:Abby Miller:Ironwood Ridge:91:45:47:183
18:Claire Hanson:Salpointe Catholic:93:43:48:184
20:Araceli Esquivel :Ind – Salpointe Catholic:100:39:48:187
22:Andrea Trevino:Salpointe Catholic:92:49:48:189
23:Lily Nielsen:Ironwood Ridge:102:43:49:194
25:Maddie Davis:Ind – Salpointe Catholic:101:47:57:205
27:Sydney Bradford:Canyon del Oro:96:51:60:207
27:Elizabeth Carter:Catalina Foothills:111:44:52:207
32:Dani Cuellar:Ind Notre Dame – B:103:55:50:208
33:Mary Lauro:Ind Notre Dame – B:107:55:47:209
34:Madison Manzo:Ironwood Ridge:105:55:50:210
37:Belle Morales:Catalina Foothills:109:51:53:213
38:Teagan Fail:Catalina Foothills:107:57:52:216
38:Bethany Vos:Canyon del Oro:107:59:50:216
38:Robynn Young:Canyon del Oro:109:56:51:216
42:Annamarie Gansheimer:Ind Ironwood Ridge:117:53:49:219
43:Claire Marr:Ind Notre Dame – B:114:51:56:221
43:Cora Krebs:Ind Notre Dame – B:114:54:53:221
45:Samantha Nettling:Canyon del Oro:112:57:57:226
48:Nickie Gonzalez:Ind Ironwood Ridge:113:59:60:232
50:Makayla Sugidono:Ind Notre Dame – B:124:55:58:237
61:Kassy Tejeda:Ind – Catalina Foothills:999:54:63:1116
63:Sydney Thomas:Ind Ironwood Ridge:133:67:999:1199
64:Kelly Koppy:Ind Ironwood Ridge:146:67:999:1212