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Red Mountain girls, boys lead the way at state golf

The Red Mountain golf programs had impressive showings at the state tournament. (Photo courtesy of Red Mountain girls golf Twitter page)

The Red Mountain girls had the best state golf tournament for area teams.

It was a continuation of the success the Mountain Lions have had most of the season.

They finished in a tied for third place at the 6A Conference after the two-day event at Omni Tucson National wrapped up on Tuesday.

The event was won by Xavier for the seventh consecutive year with a team score of 15-over par 591, while Hamilton was second at 24-over 600 and Red Mountain and Pinnacle finished at 41-over 617.

Desert Ridge finished eighth at 136-over 712 and Mountain View was 13th at 218-over 794.

Red Mountain had two top 10 finishers in Sydney Bryan, who shot 71-77-148 to finished sixth, and Nicole Ewing, who cared a 75-75-150 to tie for eighth place.

“Sydney shot an amazing first round,” Mountain Lions coach Jeff Cain said. “She got off to a bad start, but pulled it together and shot 1-under over the last 14 holes.”

Belle Balkan finished tied for 23rd (79-80-159), Meghan Singh placed 30th (86-80—166) and Kendall McBean (80-87-167).

“We had a really good year,” said Kain, whose team will have all but Kendall McBean back next year. “The thing was we never knew who was going to be the one to lead us that day. It could have been any of them.”

Desert Ridge was led by Brooke Beyer at 13 over (79-78-157) to end up 21st, Kaitlynn Criswell shot an 82-91—173 for 36th place, Rianna Garland carded an 87-88-175 to tie for 40th and Tabita Bitter was 62nd at 104-104-208.

Mountain View had top 10 performer in Leighton Shosted finished 10th at 7-over 76-75-151 and was followed by Victoria Beltran (64th at 211), Kaylan Ordyna (66th at 212) and Madison Pattea (71 at 220).

Westwood had two individuals qualify as Erin McGuire carded a 52-over 96-100-196 to tie for 54th and Emilia Yoon finished in a tie for 68 at 74-over 218.

The boys tournament had less players in contention on the second day as only Red Mountain’s Cameron Barzekoff managed to finish among the top 20.

He shot a 72-70-142 to finish five strokes off the lead as Queen Creek’s Gabriel Salvanera won it with a final round 66 and two-day total of 137.

Red Mountain finished in seventh place as Abraham Elmore (tied for 22nd at 149), Britton Liming (tied for 27th at 151), Luke Little (76th at 171) and Carson Ruedemann (86 first day) and Chase Hensby (84 second day) all contributed.

Mountain View finished 14th in the 15-team field as where led by Roc Arnett, who shot a 79-78-157 to place in a tied for 47.

He was backed by Zach McDermid and James Caffey, who both shot 168 to finished tied for 69th

Desert Ridge had two individuals qualify as Gavin Hultman finished in 53rd place at 78-81-159 and Noah Allen tied for 62nd at 86-78-164.

– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.



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