Sat, Jan. 18

Red Rock golfers take aim at state championships

Sedona Red Rock could very well hang its first state championship banner as a 3A school this week.

The Scorpions should be among the favorites to win the 3A crown in golf when the state’s best tee off this afternoon and tomorrow at the Rancho de Los Cabelleros Golf Club in Wickenburg.

It’s hard not to consider Sedona a legitimate contender after the way the team laid waste to its opponents in last week’s West Region finals. The Scorpions dominated second-place Fountain Hills by 39 strokes over 36 holes at Antelope Hills in Chino Valley and finished ahead of third-place Wickenburg by 67 strokes.

The amazing part: Jake Grodzinsky, who shot a 59 in an 18-hole round earlier this spring, didn’t even play on the second day.

“We are playing the best golf that we have played all year, which is right where you want to be when you go into your state tournament,” said coach Dennis Mobley.

Sean Ernes claimed his third straight individual region championship (the past two came in the 2A Canyon). The junior fired rounds of 73 and 74.

Austin Wesnitzer (76-74), Jimmy Bicking (78-77) and Ryan Miller (79-77) placed second, third and fourth respectively. All four made first-team all-region for their efforts.

“It’s nice to think that except for my teammates, I would be the regional individual champion,” Miller said.

Grodzinsky stepped aside after shooting a 75 on the first day. Brett Snider carded a 91 on day two. The top four scores from each day went toward the overall team total.

Sedona finished with a 604, followed by Fountain Hills 643, Wickenburg 671, Chino Valley 686, Higley 688, River Valley 725, Parker 733 and Camp Verde 742.

“If you took the top four scores both days of all the other teams combined, they only total a 624,” Mobley said.

Fountain Hills won last year’s 3A golf title. Fountain, Snowflake, Payson and Safford look to be the other title contenders in this year’s battle. Red Rock has enjoyed wins over every school except Safford in competition this spring.

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