Spring Golf: Pusch Ridge & Empire in State Race

Bailey Axen. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The Division III State Golf Tournament is set for Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11 at the OMNI Tucson National Sonoran Course. This spring, the top team from each of the seven sections will earn an automatic playoff berth along with eight at-large berths based on ranking. Additionally, the top 15 individuals not attached to a playoff team will qualify as long as that player has seven qualifying rounds.

Two of the teams set to qualify for the state playoffs met each other Wednesday at the Oro Valley Country Club and ALA-Gilbert North came away with a 164 to 176 win over Pusch Ridge Christian Academy…


ALA Gilbert North 164, Pusch Ridge 176
1 Justin Friend, ALA-GN 39 +3
1 Bailey Axen, PRCA 39 +3
3 Ryder Rojas, ALA-GN 40
4 Payton Dye, ALA-GN 42
4 Jackson Orr, PRCA 42
6 Blake Pierce, ALA-GN 43
7 Jack Franco, PRCA 47
8 Sevy Ensio, PRCA 48
9 Mason Norman, PRCA 50
9 Joshua Carroll, PRCA 50
11 Lane Deneke, ALA-GN 53
12 Ava Parker, PRCA 56
13 Jackson Dubs, PRCA 62

Jackson Orr. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 AZPreps365.com. 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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