2012 Girls Golf State Tournaments
When: Division I: Friday and Saturday (first round tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.; final round at 7 a.m.); Division II: Friday and Saturday (first round tee times begin at 10:45 a.m., final round at 7:15 a.m.).
Where: Division I at Aguila Golf Course (Phoenix); Division II at Silver Bell Golf Course (Tucson).
2011 Champions (runner-up): Division I: Xavier (Hamilton); Division II: Salpointe Catholic (Notre Dame).
East Valley team qualifiers
Division I: Basha, Chaparral, Desert Ridge, Dobson, Gilbert, Hamilton, Horizon, Mountain View, Pinnacle, Xavier.
Division II: Cactus Shadows, Notre Dame, Scottsdale Christian.
East Valley individual qualifiers
Division I: Lauren Blumears (Mountain Pointe), Haile Carpenter (Corona del Sol), Katelyn Hicks (Red Mountain), Taryn Kaahanui (McClintock), Sarah Kaye (Chaparral), Gerraldine Torrellas (Desert Vista), Yiwen Li (Chaparral), Chelsie Petersen (Marcos de Niza), Jaquelyn Porman (Chandler), Janai Porman (Chandler), Kaitlyn Saum (Red Mountain), Lauren Weikle (Desert Mountain), Maddie Woodward (Mountain Pointe).
Division II: Anika Carlson (Arcadia), Courtney Carlson (Paradise Valley), Kim Cifuentes (Campo Verde), Cayleigh Getts (Higley), McKayla Hull (Queen Creek), McKenna Mann (Apache Junction), Anna Schwab (Seton Catholic), Sarah Weaver (Saguaro).
Division I outlook
Despite generally taking longer to complete rounds than the boys, a field of 12 schools (5 girls per team) and 13 individual qualifiers should make for a manageable field at Aguila, which has hosted the tournament since 2000 (except two years when it was played in Tucson). Xavier topped Hamilton by only four shots last season after Hamilton ended Xavier’s long title run in 2010, and the two schools should again vie for the team championship, which qualifies as no surprise. Pinnacle could also make a nice run for the team title with the Knadler sisters and Gabby Bautista. Xavier is led by sophomores Madison Kerley and Ariana Macioce along with freshman Hannah O’Sullivan, while Hamilton’s top four golfers are seniors, led by Mikayla Harmon, Sake Iida and Yesong Han. The better individual qualifiers in the field include Hailee Carpenter (Corona del Sol), Saray Kaye (Chaparral) and the Porman sisters (Jaquelyn and Janai) from Chandler.
Division II outlook
This might have the strongest favorite of all four tournaments. Salpointe Catholic has arguably the best golfer in the state in Krystal Quihuis (pronounced K-I-W-I) and the Lancers are deep yet again. In this 11 teams (plus 12 individuals) field, a few coaches seemed almost resigned to the idea that most everyone else is competing for seconds place. Notre Dame has long held its place as a title contender and Shelley Dinges’ team could do so again led by Sarah Eversman. Tucson Ironwood Ridge and Cactus Shadows, which could have the second-best player in the state in sophomore Abbie Cantwell (she was ind. runner-up as a freshman in 2011). Scottsdale Christian’s place in this tournament will be interesting given a lineup that’s loaded with freshman. Among the other individual title contender is Morgan Messick (CDO). Sarah Weaver (Saguaro), McKenna Mann (Apache Junction), McKayla Hull (Queen Creek) and Cayleigh Getts (Higley) are among the better individual qualifiers.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or (480) 898-6576.