Sahuaro senior Kathryn Ottman entered Tuesday’s final round of the Division II girls golf state championship one stroke out of the lead while the Cougars already seemed to have the team championship in the bag
Ottman had a hunch she was doing well after three straight, birdies midway through but she did not want scoring updates on anyone else.
“Some people came up and told me but I told them to keep it to themselves,” Ottman said. “I don’t really like to keep scoring count.”
Instead, Ottman just took care of business, won the individual championship and helped the Cougars run away for their second team title in the last three years (Scroll down for complete results). Ottman finished eighth at state as junior last fall and 19th as a sophomore in 2013.
“It was pretty nice finishing off with a bang,” she said. “I think all played better than we did yesterday and we all kind of had the same mindset of just keeping it chill.”
Ottman shot a 2-over 72 both days at Dell Urich to overtake Amphitheater’s Jessica Williams by seven strokes. Williams, a senior, sank a hole-in-one and shot a 1-over 71 in Monday’s opening round to take the lead, but she couldn’t repeat her stellar performance the second day around.
“Starting out I was feeling OK but the back nine was pretty rough. I had a couple holes that didn’t really go the way I wanted,” Williams said. “When it was kind of going downhill, I started to think about the tournament as a whole and all the pressure built up.”
Across the way at Randolph North on Tuesday, Salpointe Catholic senior Trevor Werbylo finished as the boys Division II state runner-up for the second year in a row as the Lancers placed second, 12 strokes behind Gilbert Campo Verde and three strokes ahead of third-place Catalina Foothills.
Werbylo shot a 5-under 67 in the opening round but had a 74 Tuesday as Aaron Ramos of Goodyear Desert Edge shot an even 72 to win the championship by one stroke.
“I feel like I played pretty similar to yesterday, I just couldn’t make many putts,” Werbylo said. “We had a couple players that struggled, but a few of us played pretty well, posted some good scores. In general it wasn’t bad, but we probably expected to do a little better. But I don’t think we can view it as a negative.”
Having the state championships in Tucson was great, Sahuaro girls coach Megan Hughes said.
It also allowed Sahuaro to celebrate in front of its home fans for once: The Cougars won the 2013 state title in Laveen and were the state runner-up last fall, when the tournament was held in Maryvale.
Sahuaro led Phoenix Arcadia by 21 strokes through the first 18 holes and pulled away to win by 43 strokes, despite gusting winds throughout the afternoon. Taylor Hughes, also a senior, joined Ottman as a top-five medalist as she placed fourth with a 15-over 155. Taylor’s younger sister Halley Hughes just missed out on a medal, placing 11th with a 28-over 168.
“We all came in here and this was our goal so I’m proud of us and I’m proud of how we played,” Taylor Hughes said.
STATE GOLF – CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
DIVISION I GIRLS
At Aguila Golf Course in Laveen (par 72)
Through 36 of 36 holes
Top 10 teams – Phoenix Xavier 580, Goodyear Millennium 625, Salpointe Catholic 632, Scottsdale Chaparral 650, Chandler Hamilton 661, Phoenix Pinnacle 679, Scottsdale Notre Dame 682, Ironwood Ridge 695, Phoenix Desert Vista 700, Mesa Red Mountain 704.
Top 20 individuals – Snyder, XAV, 137; Su, CHAP, 139; Mahar, XAV, 141; Smith, MILL, 143; Harris, SAL, 145; Scotton, MILL, 147; Fujitani, HAM, 149; Fitzpatrick, XAV, 149; Nguyen, SDOC, 150; Padilla, PIN, 152; Worden, XAV, 153; Quihuis, SAL, 157; M. Ohland, GIL, 158; A. Ohland, GIL, 158; Li, Ham, 158; Kapanicas, ND, 159; Mikalacki, CHAP, 159; Reyes, DR, 159; Caldarelli, XAV, 160; Balkan, RM, 160.
Other Southern Arizona golfers – Miller, IR, 161; Esquivel, SAL, 162; Huether, SAL, 168; Lewis, BUE, 173; Thies, IR, 174; Nielsen, IR, 178; Davis, SAL, 179; Acosta, IR, 182; Gallo, IR, 192.
DIVISION II BOYS
At Randolph Golf Course (par 72)
Through 36 of 36 holes
Top 10 teams – Gilbert Campo Verde 600, Salpointe Catholic 612, Catalina Foothills 615, Gilbert Williams Field 627, Phoenix Arcadia 627, Buckeye Verrado 633, Chandler Seton Catholic 634, Sabino 634, Peoria Sunrise Mountain 638, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 654.
Top 20 individuals – Ramos, DE, 140; Werbylo, SAL, 141; Meyer, CVER, 145; Aurilla, ARC, 146; Burkholder, CVER, 147; Duarte, SAL, 148; De Zavala, SET, 149; Blohm, CF, 150; Cordova, MV, 150; Cohen, CF, 151; Pierce, ARC, 151; Harris, SAL, 151; Davalos, CVER, 151; Nelson, SUN, 152; Neal, LH, 152; Schwab, SET, 152; Gray, SAB, 152; Blake, SUN, 153; Eagerton, WF, 153; Koepke, SAG, 153.
Other Southern Arizona golfers – Rustand, SAB, 155; Fiore, MAR, 155; T. Goode, CF, 157; Mauerhan, SAB, 159; Fischer, RR, 160; J. Goode, CF, 161; Telford, MAR, 162; Nilsen, CF, 163; Smith, SAHT, 165; Stachel, MV, 170; Lozier, SAL, 172; Alloway, SAB, 172; Gee, SAB, 172; Kennedy, SAL, 177; Chesney, WG, 179; Salsbury, WG, 181; Benson-Uhlig, WG, 192; Rojan, WG, 195; Crest, WG, 195.
DIVISION II GIRLS
At Dell Urich Golf Course (par 70)
Through 36 of 36 holes
Top 10 teams – Sahuaro 644, Phoenix Arcadia 687, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 701, Catalina Foothills 725, Chandler Seton Catholic 745, Cienega 760, Lake Havasu 771, Buckeye Verrado 789, Glendale Ironwood 802, Gilbert Higley 859; Kingman Lee Williams 859.
Top 20 individuals – Ottman, SAH, 144; Williams, AMP, 151; Voisard, ARC, 153; T. Hughes, SAH, 155; D’Ortenzio, SHAD, 157; Benavidez, MAR, 163; Larson, SCHR, 163; Flores, CIEN, 163: Kaahanui, MCC, 164; Van Zanen, ARC, 167; H. Hughes, SAH, 168; Rodgers, IRON, 169; Griffin, CS, 169; Hanke, ARC, 169; May, CDO, 170; Mackie, BUCK, 170; Tejada, CF, 172; Savoie, CS, 173; Hoshor, FLAG, 174, Toon, SET, 177; Guerrero, SAH, 177; Warner, PAGE, 177.
Other Southern Arizona golfers – Carter, CF, 180; Pico, MAR, 183; Hutchison, CF, 187; Miller, CF, 189; Caldwell, CIEN, 192; Griesser, CDO, 196; Hutchison, CIEN, 197; Bravo, SAH, 199; Cole, FW, 202; Waer, CIEN, 213; King, CIEN, 214; Bort, CDO, 228; Fleetwood, CD, 282; Federico, 283.