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Sahuaro golfer Kathryn Ottman to play for Grand Canyon


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Kathryn Ottman with her mother Molly. Ottman is wearing her championship medal and is holding the state championship trophy won by Sahuaro (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Kathryn Ottman with her mother Molly. Ottman is wearing her championship medal and is holding the state championship trophy won by Sahuaro (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Division II state champion golfer Kathryn Ottman committed to play for Grand Canyon. Ottman won the Pima County Junior Championship in July, the Nighthawk Invitational in September and the state championship in early November.

Not only did Ottman win the state title, she defeated D-I champion Alisa Snyder and a host of other Xavier golfers by at least two strokes at the Nighthawk Invitational.

Grand Canyon hired Lauren Giesecke on July 28 and the school has taken over administration of the Maryvale Golf Course in Phoenix and will reopen it this fall after making upgrades and increasing the length from 6,500 yards to 7,200.

Ottman will be one of the program’s top recruits as it continues to make the transition to Division I.

“Kathryn has been given the opportunity to go to a private Division I college close to home and we are so grateful,” her mother Molly said.

“Her hard work and determination has lead her to this pivotal moment in her career. GCU is an amazing college with many benefits including a private golf course for the golf teams. We are so proud of Kathryn and look forward to college Division I women’s golf!”

Ottman will formally sign with GCU during the spring signing period.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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