HIGH SCHOOL STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Dorados struggle but still lead by 9 strokes

CDO's Waltmire fires a 2-under 70 to top leader board
2010-10-30T00:00:00Z 2010-11-01T09:37:52Z Dorados struggle but still lead by 9 strokesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 30, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Canyon del Oro coach John Farbarik stood in front of the giant scoreboard at the Randolph Golf Complex and surveyed the scores of all the Division II teams before making a statement about his team.

"We left some shots out there," Farbarik said. "We can play better than we did today."

And that's the scary part for the rest of the field.

The Dorados jumped in front of the Division II state tournament, carding a 1-under 287. They lead Catalina Foothills by nine shots heading into the final day of competition today.

"I know everyone is capable of playing better as well, but we definitely can do better than we did (Friday)," Farbarik said. "The biggest thing we have to understand, as a team, is you can't win the tournament on the first day. You can only lose it, and we didn't lose it. That's for sure."

Only four golfers shot an under par round in Division II - and three of them belonged to CDO.

Sophomore Jaime Waltmire is atop the leader board after shooting a 2-under 70. Teammates Gentry Hicks and D.J. Niichel are right behind him at 71.

Paradise Valley's Kyle Nelson was the only other golfer in red figures. He also shot a 71.

Foothills was paced by Andrew Gunn, who shot a 72.

Sabino and Cienega were the only other two Southern Arizona schools in Division II. Both squads shot a 316.

Nikko Grau led Cienega with a 76. Sabino's Tony Miller shot a 78.

Boys Division I

Sierra Vista Buena's Colin McCarty played one of the best rounds of his life and is in great position heading into today's final round.

The Buena senior shot a 7-under 65. He leads by four strokes.

"It was just one of those days where everything is working well and I just went along with it," McCarty said. "I knew I was doing well, but I tried not to think about it too much, because if I think too much about my score, it will mess me up.

"So, I just did what I could to focus on the next shot coming up and just tried to take it one shot at a time."

McCarty and his teammates waited on a ridge past the 18th hole for his score to be recorded. It was the final score posted but was maybe the first to be noticed.

The Colts didn't fare well as a team, shooting a 327, but the talk around the course after their round was all about their No. 1 senior.

"I've played this course a few times before and that definitely helped me out there," McCarty said. "It was definitely better than going up to Phoenix."

So, what's the plan for today?

"I just want to go out there and par every hole and I'll be happy," McCarty said.

Phoenix Desert Vista leads the team standings after a 2-under 286. Mesa Red Mountain is one stroke behind.

Salpointe Catholic was the top Southern Arizona finisher at 296. Ironwood Ridge was behind the Lancers at 297.

Salpointe was paced by Ricky Lee and Cole Service. Each Lancer shot a 72. Their No. 1 player, Matt McClure, struggled to a 78.

The Nighthawks didn't have quite as good a day as they had hoped. Their No. 1, Alex McMahon shot a 1-over 73.

"Alex put himself in a tough spot," Ironwood Ridge coach Ryan Bais said. "He hit the ball very well, but struggled with his putter."

Girls Division I

At Dell Urich, Chandler Hamilton is threatened to run away with the team title by firing an opening-round score of 277.

The Huskies' Kyung Kim shot a 64 to lead the tournament.

Salpointe was the top Southern Arizona finisher with a 319. Freshman Krystal Quihuis paced the Lancers with a 76.

The Lancers say they are hoping for a better day today.

"We had a bad day as a team," assistant coach Mike Hultquist said. "We weren't making putts. I'm excited for (today), though, because we're mad and we play better when we're mad."

Only two other Southern Arizona teams competed, with Mountain View shooting a 335 and Tucson carding a 386.

Girls Division II

At Silverbell, Catalina Foothills' Laura Jabczenski and Cienega's Jordan Carter were tied for the lead after each shot a 1-under 71.

Jabczenski is trying to become the first Falcon golfer, male or female, to win back-to-back state championships.

"Laura did very well," Falcons coach Mark Polich said. "She put herself in a good position."

The Falcons are in first place with a team score of 323. Cienega is second at 328.

"I'd like to see us play better (today)," Polich said.

STATE GOLF

Today's final round

Boys

Division II, 7 a.m.

Division I, 11 a.m. at Randolph North

Girls

Division II, 6:45 a.m. at Silverbell Division I, 7 a.m., at Dell Urich

CROSS COUNTRY SECTIONALS

Today at Marana High School

Division II, Sectional II

Girls, 8:15 a.m.

Boys, 9 a.m.

Division III, Sectional III

Boys, 9:45 a.m.

Girls, 10:30 a.m.

Division IV, Sectional III

Boys, 11:15 a.m. Girls, noon

STATE VOLLEYBALL, ROUND 1

All games Tuesday, 7 p.m.

4A Division I, So. Ariz. schools

No. 15 Peoria at No. 2 Sabino

No. 9 Sunrise Mountain at No. 8 Cienega

No. 13 Flowing Wells at No. 4 Sunnyslope

No. 14 Canyon del Oro at No. 3 Queen Creek

No. 11 Catalina Foothills at No. 6 Prescott

4A Division II, So. Ariz. schools

No. 15 Mingus at No. 2 Amphitheater

No. 13 Greenway at No. 4 Catalina

No. 10 Cholla at No. 7 Liberty

5A Division I, So. Ariz. school

No. 9 Phoenix North at No. 8 Salpointe Catholic

5A Division II, So. Ariz. schools

No. 16 Goodyear Millennium at No. 1 Ironwood Ridge

No. 9 Rincon/University at No. 8 Ironwood

No. 14 Mountain View at No. 2 Scottsdale Horizon

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