Marisol Benavidez to play golf for South Mountain

Marisol Benavidez (Andy Morales/

Marana standout golfer Marisol Benavidez announced her commitment to play for South Mountain next year. A first team All-Southern Arizona selection, Benavidez took 22nd at state.

“I am excited and nervous,” Benavidez said. “I feel honored to still be playing golf and look forward to be part of a great team, with help and support from a great coach at South Mountain, Coach Aaron Puetz.

“I appreciate Marana coach George Corona, he believed in me, and he helped me with the mental part of the game. I appreciate my long time swing coach, Robert Escobel, he saw the potential in me and kept me consistent.”

“We are so proud of her,” her father John Benavidez added. “She puts in the work, is always positive and respectful. Golf continues to impact her life in such a positive way.”


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 and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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