The team title has been decided. The final-round excitement will have to come from a quartet of girls in search of the 5A Division II individual girls golf championship.
Day 1 of the team championships was Monday at Phoenix’s Aguila Golf Course and the first round produced no surprise.
Desert Mountain is the class of the 5A Division II conference. The Wolves, with three of their players among the top five, hold a 67-shot lead entering today’s final round.
Assuming the Wolves show up, Desert Mountain will win its first golf championship today. On Saturday, the girls volleyball team won the school’s first-ever state team title in any sport.
In second place after one round at the par-72 course is Desert Ridge at 385. Yuma Kofa is third at 389.
All five members of the Desert Mountain team were among the top 20 players after the first round. Leading the tournament is Desert Mountain sophomore Ashley McKenney, who had a 1-over-par round of 73.
Two shots back is Peoria Centennial’s Brittany Penny. At 3-over-par 76 is
Desert Mountain’s Lindy LaBauve and Marcos de Niza’s Meghan Martinek.
McKenney is no stranger to leading a big tournament. She won the Scottsdale city tournament earlier in the year and led the Desert Valley Region tournament after one day only to finish second to LaBauve.
"I had a really good short game day,’’ McKenney said.
McKenney got up-and-down from around the green six of seven times on Monday and needed just 29 putts on the 18 holes. Compare that to LaBauve, who was 1-under par after nine holes but had five three-putt greens on the back nine. McKenney had one birdie and two bogeys on the day.
"We’re confident as a team,’’ McKenney said. "We really want to win this.’’