Girls golf: Salpointe gets 1st state title

2011-10-30T00:00:00Z Girls golf: Salpointe gets 1st state titleMatthew Lechuga Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 30, 2011 12:00 am  • 

LAVEEN - Hole after hole, Salpointe Catholic High sophomore Krystal Quihuis kept to her plan of just staying on par.

After shooting a first-round best 68 on Friday, the challenge for Quihuis was to keep up the momentum she built. She did that by staying focused on the next shot. After the last person in her group hit, Quihuis was always the first down the course, the club needed for her next shot in hand.

Quihuis finished the day 2-over par with a 74 giving her a total of 142 for the tournament at Aguila Golf Course.

That methodical approach to her game paid off in the end, earning her the individual championship at the girls Division II state tournament.

Canyon del Oro freshman Morgan Messick placed second in the individual standings, shooting a 149.

"I've been practicing every day to get myself here," Quihuis said. "I'm so excited to finally have accomplished this goal."

But now that she already won a state title, what new motivator will she use to keep her on the practice greens?

"My next goal is to win the individual title three years in a row," she said.

Quihuis' standout performance also led Salpointe to its first ever team championship. The Lancers came into the second day of the tournament with a comfortable 16-stroke lead over Scottsdale Notre Dame Preparatory. As a team the Lancers shot 311, four strokes better than Friday's total, giving them 626 for the tournament to beat second place Notre Dame Preparatory by 38 strokes.

"I'm almost speechless right now I'm so happy," Salpointe coach Michele Murphy said. "In our gym we have banners for state championships, and the one for girls golf is blank. All year our seniors have been saying that they're going to put a year on the banner and they did it today. I'm so proud."

Salpointe's four other golfers all lowered their scores from the previous day. Brianna Vogel had the Lancers next-lowest score (75) and Tess Terry dropped a stroke to finish with 77.

Ironwood Ridge placed third in the team standings at 707. The Nighthawks were led by junior Adrianna Grijalva, who shot an 83 for the day, 167 overall. Sahuaro was fourth with a team total of 743, led by freshman standout Desiree Hong, who shot an 82 for a 161 total.

Division I

Cienega placed fourth in the Division I girls state tournament.

Last year's individual state co-champion in Division II, Jordan Carter, led the way again for the Bobcats, shooting a 79 on the day, 156 total.

Kirsti Grau fired a 74 on Saturday and finished two strokes behind Carter.

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