Thu, Feb. 27

Sedona golf continues to dominate

The Sedona Red Rock golf team continued their winning ways in dual meet competition with first place finishes in recent four-way and a three-way golf matches. The victories improved the Scorpions dual meet record for the season to 15-0 (7-0 in conference play.)

On April 6, Sedona shot a 167 at the Sedona Golf Resort to defeat Estrella Foothills 188, Verde Valley School 197 and Chino Valley 208.

Brett Smith of Verde Valley School won medallist honors with a score of 40 for nine holes. Right behind Smith were Sedona golfers Brian DeWulf 41, Mike Steele 41, Stadler Ho 42, Mike McClintock 43 and Mike Tullo at 45.

VVS results included Will McGaha at 44, Yushi Kawabuta 52, Akshay Agrawal 61 and Eric McNutt 66. Verde Valley School is in its first year of formal AIA golf competition.

On April 13, Sedona shot a 332 in an 18-hole competition at Oakcreek Country Club to defeat Fountain Hills 367 and Camp Verde 406. DeWulf's 81 won medallist honors barely edging out teammate Stefanie Fischer's 82. Tullo shot an 84, Ho 85 and McClintock 88.

"A lot of our 35-stroke margin of victory over Fountain Hills can be attributed to home course advantage," said coach Dennis Mobley. "We'll have a better idea of how we really stand against Fountain Hills when we play them in an 18-hole match next Friday on a neutral site at Antelope Hills in Prescott."

April 10-11, Sedona played in a major 22-team high school two-day golf tournament in Pahrump, Nevada. This western region tournament, the Pahrump Invitational, annually draws school teams from Arizona, California and Nevada.

The Scorpions managed a fifth place tie in the overall standings and finished first in the small school division (under 750 population.) Ho led Sedona with rounds of 81-79 160 followed by DeWulf 81-81--162, McClintock 84-80--164 and Tullo 84-85--169.

"Mountain Falls is a tough golf course. I'm very pleased with our overall consistent effort as a team," said coach Steve Livingstone.

Sedona was tied with fellow small school Marian Catholic from San Diego, Calif., after day one with team scores of 330. Day two found the two teams playing head to head and in a battle to the finish, Sedona won when Tullo defeated Ricky Romero 85 to 91 in the fourth position. Las Vegas Palo Verde High School took first place in the open competition.

"This tournament is always a wonderful opportunity for us to compete against 4A and 5A-sized high schools. That is something we don't get to do in Arizona because the larger schools have their golf seasons in the fall," added coach Mobley. "Besides, getting to visit Las Vegas, which is a lot of fun, we also get to play against teams we don't see in our regular season. This trip always makes for a great learning experience."

DeWulf, who has the best stroke average of anyone on the team over the last three weeks said, "The team is playing well right now but we need to start playing a lot better if we really want to win state."

Upcoming matches include April 17 versus Phoenix Christian, Arizona Lutheran and St. Gregory at Moon Valley Country Club (Phoenix) followed by April 21 against Chino Valley, Fountain Hills and Estrella Foothills at Antelope Hills (Prescott).

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