August 27-28: Papago Golf Course
The Ironwood Ridge girls made an early statement by defeating Xavier 593 to 607 to capture the championship of the One-Off Invitational held Friday at the Papago Golf Course located in Phoenix.
The Nighthawks won the last two Division II state championships with back-to-back wins over Cactus Shadows at the Omni Tucson National and Xavier has won 37 state titles including the 2020 Division I championship also held at Tucson National.
Liberty took fifth place in D-I last year and the Lions came in six shots behind Xavier for third place at the One-Off Invitational and D-II Cactus Shadows took fourth.
Individually, Ironwood Ridge junior Zoe Newell took first with a 6-under-par 138 and Cactus Shadows junior Paige Hammarstrom took second with an even 144. Hammarstrom shot an eagle on the 10th hole in the second round to draw close with Newell but Newell picked up a stroke on 13th and she solidified her win with another birdie on the 17th.
Defending D-I champion Mattie Frick of Liberty also shot a 144 and Xavier junior Annie Dawson came in with a 3-over 147. Ironwood Ridge senior Makenna Brown took 7th (151), senior Hannah Ports took 10th (154) and freshman Lucy Newell took 17th (158). Ironwood Ridge senior Raina Ports played one round and she shot a 2-under 70.
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