On a day where conditions were almost ideal, the Division II girls individual state championship came down to putts on the 18th hole at the par-70 Silverbell Golf Course.
Catalina Foothills' Laura Jabczenski and Cienega's Jordan Carter each shot a 71 the day before, and were battling back and forth in their second round, neither able to break away from the other. And so they finished the day co-state champions, shooting identical 145s for the tournament.
As they stayed even for the entire day, it was apparent the championship would come down to the final holes. On the par-4 17th, Carter's second shot hooked left into the water hazard, and it looked as though her title aspirations were gone.
"I was disappointed," she said, "but I stayed calm and made the chip."
Carter chipped in her shot from about 20 yards out to save par and stay even with Jabczenski, forcing an 18th hole showdown.
"As soon as it went in, it was immediate relief," said Carter
The par-5 18th proved difficult. Jabczenski's second shot sailed into a bunker.
"Bunker shots are kind of my strengths, so I was kind of happy I could go from there," said Jabczenski.
True to her word, her next shot dropped to within seven feet of the cup. After two-putting to finish the round, Carter was left with a putt that would crown her co-champion, or leave her one shot short.
"That was the scariest putt of my life," said Carter. "It scared me and my team."
Carter sank the putt, and after two days of going back and forth, Carter and Jabczenski shared the championship, a fitting conclusion to two days of heated competition.
Jabczenski also led Foothills to its second straight team championship. Cienega came in a close second behind Carter's strong performance.
"I couldn't be any happier for the girls," said Catalina Foothills coach Mark Polich. "They've worked hard all year and I couldn't be prouder."
Despite their championship performances, Carter and Jabczenski said they felt they didn't play up to their expectations.
"I left so many putts just a couple inches short," said Jabczenski. "But I'm so proud of the team. We played really well the past two days."
Fellow Foothills golfer Erin McClure finished third in the tournament, shooting a 153 for the two-day event.
St. Gregory finished fifth in the team tournament.
Canyon del Oro was sixth.
Salpointe Catholic finished fourth as a team - the top Southern Arizona school - with a two-day score of 629.
The Lancers were paced by Krystal Quihuis and Brianna Vogel, both with 36-hole scores of 152.
Quihuis followed her opening-round 76 with another 76 in the final round.
Vogel shot a 74 on Saturday, after carding a 78 on Friday.
Chandler Hamilton (562) claimed the team title, and the Huskies' Kyung Kim won the individual championship at 6-under 134.
She shot a 70 on Saturday after an eye-popping 64 on Friday.
Mountain View finished seventh at 668; Tucson tied for 23rd at 755.
Mountain View's top finisher was Kayleigh Kresse at 155.
Tucson was led by Rachel Clark (155).
high school VOLLEYBALL
Local state tournament games, Round 1
All games Tuesday, 7 p.m.
4A Division I
• No. 15 Peoria at No. 2 Sabino
• No. 12 South Mountain at No. 5 Sahuaro
• 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
• No. 15 Cottonwood Mingus at No. 2 Amphitheater
• No. 13 Phoenix Greenway at No. 4 Catalina
• No. 10 Cholla at No. 7 Liberty
5A Division I
• No. 9 Phoenix North at No. 8 Salpointe Catholic
5A Division II
• 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
GIRLS golf state WINNERS
At Dell Urich Golf Course,
Kyung Kim, Hamilton, 134
Team: Chandler Hamilton
At Silverbell Golf Course,
Laura Jabczenski, CF, 145
Jordan Carter, Cienega, 145
Team: Catalina Foothills