Baja Arizona Notes: Finn Meister is 2nd at Jr. Nationals; Sydney Teneycke named Director of the Southern Chapter PGA; Caitlin Lowe Camp; Marissa Gendron is an Associate Director at Texas Tech

Finn Meister in second place at the Notah Begay III Boys Jr Golf National Championship

Catalina Foothills standout Finn Meister shot an opening-round 6-under-par 65 at the Notah Begay III Boys Jr Golf National Championship held at the Koasati Pines at Coushatta Golf Club in Louisiana. The junior is one shot back of Mykhailo Golod heading into the second round of three rounds.

Tucson seventh grader Brody Olayvar is tied for 22nd in the 10-11 Division with a 5-over 77.

Meister shot a 4-under 136 to take second place to Salpointe’s Carlos Astiazaran (134) at the AIA Division II State Tournament held at the Omni Tucson national Sonoran Course last week.

(Notah Begay III JGNC)

Sydney Teneycke named Director of the Southern Chapter PGA

Former Ironwood Ridge standout Sydney Teneycke was named the Director of the Southern Chapter PGA at Southwest Section PGA this past week. The position has a long list of responsibilities that include managing the day-to-day operations of the Southern Chapter.

Teneycke shot an even-par 72 to capture the championship of the PGA Southern Chapter Pro Series event held Thursday at the Oro Valley Country Club in July.

Caitlin Lowe to host Holiday Softball Camp

University of Arizona head softball coach Caitlin Lowe is hosting a Holiday Camp from Dec. 17-18 on the Arizona campus. The camp is open to girls 6 to 18 years old.


Marissa Gendron named Associate Director of Athletics Compliance at Texas Tech

Former Ironwood Ridge tennis standout Marissa Baca Gendron joined the compliance staff at Texas Tech after serving in a similar capacity at Northern Colorado. Gendron won a state doubles championship in 2010 as a freshman with Sara Brown and she was a doubles runner-up in each of her final three years. She helped the Nighthawks win a state title in 2012 before moving on to play for Norther Colorado where she earned Big Sky All-Academic honors twice.

Marissa Gendron (Texas Tech)


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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