Hamilton sweeps boys’ golf titles; Xavier’s 8-yr reign ends


It took an eagle and a bogey to keep Ashley Menne from becoming the first girl’s high school golfer in Arizona to win four consecutive state titles.

The Eagle belonged to Joy Callinan, which enabled the senior at Hamilton High School to pull even with Menne at 7-under going into the final hole of the two-day state tournament.  The Bogie belonged to Menne, thanks to a second shot that sailed over the green.  A putt that missed the hole by just inches was the final dagger and Callinan’s 7-under 135 was one stroke better than Menne’s total, just enough to earn the Division I state championship and keep Menne from making history.

Menne would have been the first high school golfer in state history to string together four straight individual titles.

Not only did the senior from Xavier Prep fall just short of her goal, but it was also a tough day for her team.  Xavier was shooting for its ninth straight team championship and 21st in the last 22 years.  Now they start over, like they had to do in 2010 when their streak of 12 straight titles was broken by Hamilton.

Ironically, the team that ended this win streak claimed its first-ever state title.  And Pinnacle High did it in impressive fashion  The Pioneers shot a 6-under 562 team total to pull away from runner-up Xavier, which carded a 10-over 578.

For Pinnacle, it has been a steady, relentless march to the top.  The Pioneers finished 3rd in 2017 and 2nd in 2018.

Hamilton’s third-place finish (584) just adds to the Huskies’ frustrations since that title win in 2010.  They were third last year as well, and runner-up the two previous years.

But it was a totally different story on the boys’ side where Hamilton won both the team and individual titles.  And when you throw in Callinan’s championship victory, it marks the first time a team has won those three state titles in the same season.

Johnny Walker used seven birdies on the final round at the Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course to pull away from a field that included Ben Lorenz from Sunrise Mountain HS, the defending state champion and No. 1-ranked player in the state, and Chaparral HS junior Preston Summerhays, the reigning two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion.  Walker, a junior at Hamilton, put together rounds of 71 and 65 to finish 10-under, four strokes ahead of Desert Vista’s Scott Schadler, who toured the course in 140.

The Huskies led throughout the event, finishing at 13-under 571 to dethrone last year’s D-I champion, Brophy Prep.  Brophy had to settle for runner-up this year with a team total 574.  Hamilton turned the tables on the Broncos this time around, since it was the Huskies coming in runner-up to Brophy last year.

While Pinnacle takes home its first girls’ state title, the Hamilton boys’ program now owns seven.