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Golf: RayJ Ramirez leads Sabino to early victory

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Sabino 159, Tucson 206, Sahuaro 254

Sabino senior RayJ Ramirez shot a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine at the Silverbelle Golf Course on Thursday to lead the field by three strokes. His teammates Jackson Rustand and Jake Myre came in with a 5-over 40. Tucson’s Julian Hodge shot a 47 to lead the Badgers and Austin Dillon recorded a 59 to pace the Cougars.

Ramirez tied for 22nd place at the Division II state championships last spring.

INDIVIDUAL SCORES
RayJ Ramirez, Sabino 37
Jackson Rustand, Sabino 40
Jake Myre, Sabino 40
David Busse, Sabino 42
Julian Hodge, Tucson 47
Ryan Spitzer, Sabino 48
Marcelo Canez, Tucson 50
Fernando Rodriguez, Tucson 54
Brandon Barney, Tucson 55
Xaciel Murrieta, Tucson 57
Austin Dillon, Sahuaro 59
Austin Miller, Sahuaro 60
Jaden Yee, Sahuaro 64
Michael Hatten, Sahuaro 71
Isai Breton, Tucson 81

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2020 ROUND EXEMPTIONS

Two Exemptions were approved by AIA staff and Golf Sports Advisory Committee in an attempt to help member schools that have had difficulty scheduling matches due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Exception 1: A team playing in an invitational tournament can use all of the nines as counting nines.

Exception 2: A school may play up to three matches not on their home course – with only playing their team, provided that all rounds are scored live, entered hole by hole with an approved scorer and immediately closed. An approved scorer can be a teacher, coach, AD or a fellow competitor from another school who may not be presently competing.

IMPORTANT DATES

OCT. 16: DII Regular season ends
OCT. 23: DI Regular season ends
OCT. 26: Girls DI First Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
OCT. 27: Girls DI Second Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
OCT. 28: Boys DI First Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)
OCT.29: Boys DI Second Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)
NOV. 2: Girls DII First Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
NOV. 3: Girls DII Second Round (Omni Tucson National Catalina)
NOV. 4: Boys DII First Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)
NOV. 5: Boys DII Second Round (Omni Tucson National Sonoran)

STATE QUALIFYING

Top 12 ranked teams qualify with a minimum of six rounds.
Top 18 not on a qualifying team with a minimum of six rounds.
78 golfers total.

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