Maya Benita leads Catalina Foothills to Aguila Open victory


(Courtesy Photo)

Aguila Open
Sept. 6: Laveen Aguila Golf Course

Catalina Foothills standout Maya Benita shot a 1-over-par 73 to win the 2018 Aguila Open on Thursday. Benita finished seven strokes ahead of Sahuaro standouts Serenity Guerrero and Halley Hughes and Julie Huggins of Boulder Creek.

Benita led from beginning to end at the Aguila Golf Course, located in Laveen, and she was the only golfer to flirt with an under-par finish, with a 2-under score through the first eight holes.

As a team, the Falcons took first place, 26 strokes ahead of Canyon del Oro 330-356. Sahuaro took third with 359.

1 CFHS Maya Benita 73 +1
2 SAHU Serenity Guerrero 80
2 SAHU Halley Hughes 80
2 BOUL Julie Huggins 80
5 BFHS Iman Abraham 82
5 CDO Kaitlyn Hsu 82
7 CDSH Hannah McGraw 83
7 SDOC Bailey Pitsch 83
9 CHAN Ciana Reynoso 84
9 CFHS Libby Axen 84
9 CHAN Annika Lagos 84

1 Catalina Foothills 330 +42
2 Canyon Del Oro 356
3 Sahuaro 359
4 Sandra Day O’Connor 370
5 Corona del Sol 379
6 Chandler 395
7 Mingus Union 432
8 Basha 439
9 Mountain Pointe 440
10 Betty H. Fairfax 474


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