Southern Arizona Girls Golf Preview


Zoe Newell. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

SOUTHERN ARIZONA TOURNAMENTS

AUGUST 26
Nighthawk Invitational at the Omni

SEPTEMBER 16-17
Flowing Wells Girls Tournament of Champions at Silverbell

DIVISION I

Rincon/University sophomore Ella Walsh tied for eighth place last year. Rincon/UHS and Tucson are in the DI Premier Section along with Hamilton and Xavier.

TOP RETURNERS
Ella Walsh, So. Rincon University (State Eighth Place)
Evelyn Jonikas, Sr. Rincón University
Jaelyn Cota, Sr. Tucson
Rachel Zheng, Jr. Rincón University
Charlotte Rodriguez, Jr. Tucson
Kathleen Cheeseman, Jr. Rincón University
Evangelina Cota, Sr. Tucson
Madyson Martin, Jr. Tucson

DIVISION II

Two-time state champion Mackenzie McRee graduated from Salpointe and the field is wide open with Ironwood Ridge senior standout Zoe Newell returns as the top-ranked golfer in D-II. Ironwood Ridge won the last three state titles and Cactus Shadows won three straight right before that. This one could be decided on the last few holes of the state tournament again.

TOP RETURNERS
Zoe Newell, Sr. Ironwood Ridge (State Ninth Place/Top Ranked)
Zaida Wise, So. Sabino
Lily Huether, Jr. Sal point
Mia Cesarek, Sr. Catalina Foothills
Lucy Newell, So. Ironwood Ridge
Akyra Kay, Sr. Sal point
Gina Lee, Jr. Catalina Foothills
Zufan Girard, So. Canyon Del Oro
Gertrude Munoz, Jr. Flowing Wells
Greta Johnson, So. Sal point
Olivia Munoz, Sr. Flowing Wells
Gabrielle Matty, So. Catalina Foothills
Marissa Partida, Sr. Desert View
Alexa Corona, Jr. Marana
Samantha Smith, Jr. Cienega
Charlotte Schrecker, Jr. Ironwood Ridge
Jolene Munoz, So. Flowing Wells
Angelina Santiago, Sr. Mountain View
Kailey Argue, Sr. Marana
Kallien Kay, So. Sal point

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Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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