Menne wins 3rd golf title; Xavier, Brophy are team champs


Arizona’s high school girls’ golf teams are still waiting eagerly for Ashley Menne to graduate.

The Xavier Prep junior just picked up her third straight D-I state championship, becoming just the third prep golfer in state history to win three – and she has a chance next year to add one more.  The other two, by the way, also played for Xavier, which has amassed a total of 36 state titles since 1980.

Heather Farr, who passed away in 1993, won all three of her titles while playing for Xavier, while Grace Park won her first at Xavier and her other two at Scottsdale’s Horizon High School.

But it’s not going to be so easy getting rid of Xavier, the small Catholic school in central Phoenix.  The Gators are on another long win streak.

Xavier had put together a string of 12 straight titles prior to 2010, when Hamilton High broke through to end the streak.  But the change at the top didn’t last long.  Xavier began a new run the next year that now has climbed to eight straight title wins.

The Gators ran away with this year’s championship, carding a two-day total of 12-over 588 to finish 33 strokes ahead of runner-up Pinnacle High.

Menne’s total 141 (70,71) was actually one stroke off her 140 last year, but good enough to hold off a challenge from Chaparral High School‘s Grace Summerhays, who put together rounds of 73 and 70 for a 143 total.  Menne’s teammate, Breyana Matthews and Liberty High‘s Mattison Frick tied for third place (74, 71 – 145).

Menne had to share medalist honors her freshman year, when a heavy storm forced the cancellation of the second round and her 2-under 70 was carded by two other players.  But the last two years have belonged exclusively to the Xavier junior.

On the boys’ side, Brophy Prep, whose campus butts up against Xavier, replaced Chaparral High as the D-I title holder by pulling away from the field to win by 10 strokes.

It wasn’t a back-to-back win for the Broncos, but they have been one of the most consistent winners in the high school game.  Over the past five years, Brophy has finished no lower than 6th place, and that has included two runner-ups.

This is Brophy’s eighth state championship, fueled by a runner-up finish by Zack Missigman, who was one stroke off the winning score of 136 by Ben Lorenz from Sunrise Mountain High School and Brophy’s Tony Hendricks, who tied Perry High‘s Caden Christopherson for third place (140).

Lorenz broke out from a first-day tie with Chaparral’s Preston Summerhays, to finish 7-under for the win.