Gabriel Escalera wins Flowing Wells Tournament of Champions

Catalina Foothills standout Jacob Goode is the top-ranked golfer in Southern Arizona. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


Flowing Wells Tournament of Champions at Silverbell
Sept. 28-29

Salpointe beat Catalina Foothills by 23 strokes to capture the championship of the Flowing Wells Tournament of Champions held at Silverbell on Friday and Saturday. Walden Grove’s Gabriel Escalera led the way on the individual scorecard with an even-par 140 and Rincon/University standout Dallan Graybill finished two strokes behind at 142.

As a team, the Falcons earned the Sportsmanship Award in honor of longtime Santa Rita golf coach Mike Acevedo.

Escalera is currently ranked No. 18 in Division II, which puts him in position for one of the 18 at-large spots available for state competition. Graybill is ranked No. 36 in D-I action, also in position for an at-large berth to the state playoffs.

Rounding off the top five, Catalina Foothills standout Jacob Goode took third (+4 144), Ironwood Ridge standout Jarrod Johnson was tied for fourth (+6 146) with Carlos Leon of Salpointe. Goode is ranked No. 13 in D-II and is safe for an at-large berth while Johnson and Leon are attached to teams currently qualified for state competition.

Walden Grove head coach Murray Hicks with Gabriel Escalera. Hicks played baseball for the University of Arizona and has coached the Red Wolves to multiple region titles in golf. (Courtesy Photo)

1. Salpointe 303-304 607 +47
2. Catalina Foothills 630
3. Ironwood Ridge 643
4. Rincon University 652
5. Walden Grove 663
6. Mountain View 673
7. Tucson 765
8. Marana 771
9. Canyon Del Oro 774
10. Vista Grande 884

1. Gabriel Escalera, Walden Grove 70-70 140 E
2. Dallan Graybill, Rincon/University 71-71 142 +2
3. Jacob Goode, Catalina Foothills70-74 144
4. Jarrod Johnson, Ironwood Ridge 73-73 146
4. Carlos Leon, Salpointe 72-74 146
6. Max Krueger, Salpointe 73-76 149
7. Adam Mamula, Catalina Foothills 80-73 153
8. Mateo McNew, Salpointe 78-76 154
8. Brenden Williams, Rincon/University 79-75 154
10. Maximiliano Robles, Mountain View 82-73 155
11. Andrew Rivas, Canyon del Oro 82-74 156
11. Brock Oberdank, Sabino 77-79 156
13. Connor Wierman, Ironwood Ridge 80 -79 159
14. Ethan Seppla, Canyon del Oro 81-79 160
15. Nathan Romero, Marana 80-81 161
15. Jackson Huether, Salpointe 80-81 161
17. Albert Quihuis, Salpointe 84-78 162
18. Devin Ackermann, Mountain View 85-82 167
19. Drew Bowers, Ironwood Ridge 86-82 168
20. Trevor Verdugo, Tucson 85-84 169
20. Brock Nehls, Rincon University 83-86 169

The Division II state golf championship for boys and girls is scheduled for Oct. 22-23 at the Omni Tucson National and the D-I state championship is slated for the following week, Oct. 29-30.

Only the top 78 golfers from each division will participate with the top 12 teams earning a berth (60 golfers) along with the next 18 individuals not attached to a playoff team. With about three weeks left to qualify, listed below are the teams from Southern Arizona in position for the playoffs based on iWanamaker rankings, as of Sept. 30. Of course, all teams and individuals must meet the minimum rounds allowed.


36: Dallan Graybill, Rincon/UHS
48: Daniel Henely, Cienega
68: Isaac Ruiz, Buena
75: Ethan Hightower, Buena


47. Angelica Martinez, Tucson.
73: Victoria Pena, Tucson

No. 3 Ironwood Ridge
No. 6 Catalina Foothills
No. 7 Salpointe
No. 10 Canyon del Oro
No. 12 Sahauro

30: Marley Moncada, Cienega
34: Maddie Greene, Rincon/UHS
56: Hannah Pak, Cienega
67: Rylee Koebnick, Sahuarita
78: Mason Rawls, Cienega

No. 9 Salpointe
No. 10 Ironwood Ridge

13: Jacob Goode, Catalina Foothills
18: Gabriel Escalera, Walden Grove
42: Luis Lopez, Sahuarita
50: RayJ Martinez, Sabino
53: Brock Oberdank, Sabino
61: Devin Ackermann, Mountain View
72: Ethan Seppla, Canyon del Oro
74: Adam Mamula, Catalina Foothills


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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