Golf: Ironwood Ridge starts off strong with win over Catalina Foothills and Salpointe

Hannah Ports. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Ironwood Ridge standout senior Raina Ports shot a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine of the Omni Tucson National Catalina Course on Tuesday to lead the Nighthawks (148) to an early victory over Division III/Section I rivals Catalina Foothills (181) and Salpointe (183).

Ports shaved a stroke off her card on the third hole (par 4) and another on the fourth hole (par 3). Salpointe standout Mackenzie McRee lost a shot on the second hole (par 5) but took one back on the next hole and then played even from there to come in at an even 36.

The Ironwood Ridge girls won the D-II state championship in 2019 and 2020 and are heavy favorites to repeat this year with almost the whole team returning including Raina, Zoe Newell and Hannah Ports. The three all came in tied for second place last fall and Celia Schrecker took 12th and Mackenna Brown came in 24th to lead the team to a 2-stroke victory over Cactus Shadows.

Raina Ports, IR: 34 (-2)
Mackenzie McRee, SC: 36
Hannah Ports, IR: 37
Zoe Newell, IR: 37
Susie Gietl, SC: 38
Makenna Brown, IR: 40
Mia Cesarek, CF: 40
Lucy Newell, IR: 40
Rylie Crane, CF: 45
Gina Lee, CF: 47
Akyra Kay, SC: 47
Gabrielle Matty, CF: 49
Charlotte Crowley, SC: 62
Amber Ortiz, CF: 70



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