Student-Athlete Spotlight

Wings Over Broadway Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sabino Standout Golfer RayJ Ramirez is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Sabino golfer RayJ Ramirez.

RayJ Ramirez

School: Sabino

Honors/background: On his 18th birthday, he led his team to a spot in the Division II state tournament by posting a front nine (-4) 31 and (+1) 36 on the back nine for a total (-3) 67 during the regional tournament.

Sabino golfer Ray J Ramirez (Andy Morales/

My name is RayJ and I am a native of Tucson.

Since I can remember, I have followed the footsteps of my two older brothers when it came to playing golf. I immediately took to playing, and I had my first golf lesson at the age of 3 with golf pro Hank Ravenell.

I played my first golf tournament when I was 5-years-old and my love for the game continued to grow.

I chose to play at Sabino like my two older brothers and because coach Rod Allen brought a lot of knowledge to the game.

What I like most about my team is how competitive we are in practice. We are constantly trying to be our best, which pushes us to another level and has helped us improve our game through the high school season.

I qualified for the state tournament as an individual my first three years. This year, which is my senior year, has been very special to me because I was able to lead my team to a spot in the Division II state tournament.

Last week, I turned 18 and on my birthday, I played a match at Del Urich. It turned out to be a memorable day because I shot a (-4) 31 and that was pretty cool.

This year I am focusing on my studies and I look forward to playing for a great college program. My future goals are to play on Tour, get a degree in finance and maybe even become a pilot.

Wish me luck.

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