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Golf: Salpointe wins Tournament of Champions

Carlos Astiazaran. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Tournament of Champions: Silverbell: Sept. 27-28

The “Tournament of Champions” was played at the Silverbell Golf Course on Friday and Saturday and Salpointe ran away with the tournament with five golfers in the top ten including the top four spots.

Carlos Astiazaran shot a 1-over-par 141 to claim the individual title with Albert Quihuis taking second and Danny McQuade coming in third. McQuade shot a 2-under 68 on Friday to record the lowest round in the tournament. McQuade will be playing lacrosse for William Penn University.

As a team, Salpointe is ranked No. 6 in Division II and Ironwood Ridge is No. 8. Individually, Walden Grove junior standout Gabriel Escalera is ranked No. 7 and Nighthawk senior Jarrod Johnson is No. 10.

Johnson took third place at the Rivalry Cup held at the Omni on Friday and Saturday.

RIVALRY CUP RESULTS

INDIVIDUAL COMBINED RESULTS
1 Carlos Astiazaran, Salpointe: 70-71 141
2 Albert Quihuis, Salpointe: 74-72 146
3 Danny McQuade, Salpointe: 68-81 149
4 Jackson Huether, Salpointe: 72-78 150
5 Nathan Romero, Marana: 79-75 154
6 Brock Nehls, Rincon/UHS: 79-80 159
6 Joseph Herron, Rincon/UHS: 81-78 159
8 Mateo McNew, Salpointe: 83-77 160
9 Trevor Verdugo, Tucson: 79-82 161
10 Jay Zamora, Douglas: 81-81 162

TEAM COMBINED RESULTS
1 Salpointe 284-298 582 +22
2 Rincon University 333-337 670
3 Tucson 355-370 725
4 Cholla 368-382 742
5 Douglas 387-376 763
6 Mountain View 374-356 730
7 Vista Grande 405-424 829
8 Flowing Wells 469-475 944

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