Arizona was well represented at the inaugural Antigua National High School Invitational, held over the weekend at the Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa. Five schools placed in the top 10 on the boys’ side and four had top 10 finishes in the girls’ team competition.
But it was Hamilton High School and Brophy Prep that swung the hottest clubs during the 36-hole event that included teams from eight states outside of Arizona, from as far away as Hawaii.
It was a great opportunity early in the season to play against a level of competition that will prepare teams and individuals for in-state play, as the Antigua field included state champions from around the country.
The Hamilton girls took first place in the team competition, while the Huskies’ boys’ team finished fifth. Brophy, an all-boys high school in central Phoenix, finished third in the team competition.
Hamilton also placed three girls in the top five finishers. Younjin Kim carded a 139 for second place behind Marissa Dodd from Texas, followed by teammates Kyung Kim in third, just a stroke behind Kim, and Saki Iida in fifth place with a 142 total.
Brophy’s David Lowe was just one stroke behind the winner, coming in with an 8-under 136 for second place.
The Hamilton girls were last year’s runner-up in the 5A-I state championships and return all of their top four players from that squad.
And the Hamilton boys’ team is used to finishing higher in the field of most tournaments, having won the last five state titles in 5A-I. They won last year’s state championship going away, besting second-place Desert Vista by 28 shots.
But the difference this year is C.J. Kim and Chun Ji Kim. The brothers, who led the Huskies to four state titles, graduated last year. C.J. was a two-time state champion.
At the Antigua, the four Hamilton team members that finished were grouped just two shots apart. Ken Iida shot a 146; Nate Wong and Peter Koo came in at 147; and the lone senior, Cameron Palmer, carded a 148 total. Devon Purser from Utah finished atop the board with a 135.
The other in-state teams finishing in the top 10 for the girls included Chaparral HS from Scottsdale (5th), Salpointe Catholic in Tucson (7th), and Corona del Sol in Tempe (10th). On the boys’ side, Pinnacle HS in Phoenix picked up a 4th place, Chaparral HS in Scottsdale came in 7th, and Perry HS in Gilbert finished in 9th.