GOLF: Jarrod Johnson wins IHOP Classic; golf season starts on Monday

Jarrod Johnson (Andy Morales/


Ironwood Ridge standout Jarrod Johnson finished 2-under-par to win the IHOP Classic by one stroke at the Grand Canyon University Golf Club this past weekend. Johnson shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday and an even 71 on Sunday to hold off Desert Vista standout Scott Schlader (72-69, 141). Schlader took third place at the Division I state championship last October.

Fellow Nighthawk Connor Wierman finished 7-over to take 17th. Catalina Foothills standout Maya Benita took ninth with a 7-over 149 in the girls championship division.

The 2018 high school season starts on Monday, Aug. 13 with the girls of Mountain View taking on Marana at Quarry Pines and Tucson travels to Arizona National to play Sabino.


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 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


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