No surprises at 5A state golf, but interesting storylines

    There was a mild case of drama in 5A-I girls golf, as Xavier Prep found  itself
behind by a stroke at the end of the first round of the state
tournament – before rebounding to win its 12th consecutive title.  But
in 5A-II, Adrianna Grivalva
from Ironwood Ridge provided the excitement with an ace on the 80-yard
hole No. 4, as Chaparral HS eliminated any suspense as the squad left
second-place Desert Mountain HS in the dust. 
    Chaparral finished at 625, followed by Desert Mountain (676) and Marcos de Niza HS (688). Chaparral’s sophomore sensation, Jacquie LeMarr, carded a 3-over 147 for the individual title.  Xavier Prep finished with 571, followed by Hamilton at 579.  Xavier junior Kaira Martin
set a state tournament record with rounds of 67 and 66 for a 133 total,
two strokes off the existing record of 135 set by Xavier’s Amanda Blumenherst in 2003.  Teammate Daffodil Sanchez also finished under par, carding a 70.
On the boys’ side, it was Chaparral again.  Just as the Firebirds did
in swimming, taking both boys and girls championships, they wrapped up
both titles in 5A-II golf.  The boys didn’t skip a beat, following up
where they left off last year while still in 4A; they were 4A-I
title-holders the past three years before moving up to 5A.
    A 68 by junior Austin Quick on the final day helped propel Chaparral to the title with a two-day total of 587, but it was Blake Cannon,
a freshman at Horizon HS, that put together two 69 scores to earn the
individual title at 6-under.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep
the Huskies from being a bridesmaid once again, finishing as runner-up
for a third straight time.
    In 5A-I, Hamilton HS took care of
business as usual, firing a 581 total to win its 5th consecutive
championship, easily pulling away from second-place Desert Vista HS
(609) and Salpointe Catholic (615). 
    While the team title was one challenge, getting to par in the final round was the next biggest struggle.  Only Hamilton’s C.J. Kim and Cameron Palmer
accomplished the feat, with Kim coming in two-under at 70 and Palmer
one shot back at 71.  Kim’s total 143 for the tournament earned him a
repeat state championship.