Salpointe's Krystal Quihuis putts on the fifth green en route to a 1-over 71 that helped her capture her second straight state title.


With each scorecard turned in at Silverbell Golf Course on Saturday afternoon, Salpointe Catholic's section of the leader board drew increasingly more "oohs" and "aahs" from the crowd.

Friday's first-round scores were low to begin with - the Lancer girls carried a 26-stroke lead into the final round. Salpointe spent Saturday rubbing it in.

The Lancers shaved seven strokes off their first-round 303 to finish at 599, 64 strokes better than second-place Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, and win the Division II state championship. It's their second straight title.

After shooting 4-under 66 Friday, junior Krystal Quihuis led Salpointe with a 1-over 71 in the final round. Her 137 overall was good for a second straight individual crown.

"I'm just happy I kind of shot close to par," said an upbeat Quihuis. "It's really hard just trying to keep those numbers under par.

"A 65 is my best round ever. I was only one stroke off it yesterday."

Quihuis edged long-hitting Canyon del Oro sophomore Morgan Messick, who shot the low round of the day (70) to finish four strokes back with a 141.

Messick was on pace to shoot 68 before double bogeying the final hole.

"I have to admit I'm a little disappointed because I know I could have done better," Messick said.

"I'm so happy for Krystal, though."

Sahuaro sophomore Desiree Hong finished tied for third after shooting a final-round 73, bringing her two-day total to 148.

Hong's Cougars were Salpointe's closest competition from Southern Arizona, finishing fourth (666).

"I'm really proud of my team," Hong said. "Everyone has improved since the season first started."

Southern Arizona teams must improve if they hope to challenge Salpointe at any point in the next several years.

The Lancers' Briana Vogel, who finished sixth with a 150, is the only senior on the roster. Araceli Esquivel (eighth place, 154) and Claire Hanson (13th, 158) are freshmen, and Alex Friedman (23rd, 167) is a junior.

Two extremely talented freshmen, Dana Tanner and Maddi Davis, didn't even crack the state tournament team.

"We're blessed with four good freshmen," Salpointe associate head coach Mike Hultquist said of the future.

"I think we've got a really dedicated group of girls and I think Mike and I create an environment where we don't pressure them," coach Michele Murphy said. "We support them to do their best."