Baja Arizona Golf Notes: Bailey Bish takes third at the USGA Adaptive Championship; James Labukas and Chase Pickering make Pebble Beach field; Jayden Schmitz and Zaida Wise win Oro Valley Championship

The Gregory School senior James Labukas and Sabino junior Chase Pickering made the field of First Tee juniors competing at the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach to be held in September. Pickering tied for sixth place at the AIA Division II state championships last fall at the Omni Tucson National Sonoran Course and Labukas was awarded the Michael J. Harris Core Values Award by the Tucson Conquistadores at the Tucson City Junior Championship in June.

The format will be team best ball with a Pro-Junior match.

Former Tanque Verde standout Bailey Bish took third place overall at the USGA Adaptive Championship held July 10-12 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Bish (84-80-82: 246) finished 21 strokes behind Ryanne Jackson (76-75-74: 225) of Florida.

Bish won the championship of the U.S. Disabled Open Championship at the PGA Golf Club on May 10. Bish beat the field by eight strokes.

Ironwood Ridge senior Jayden Schmitz won the Boys 15-18 Division at the Ricki Rarick Oro Valley at the Views Championship held July 10-11 by shooting a 2-under-par 142 (74-68) to beat Mountain View senior Gabe Sendlak by 12 strokes (76-74-150). Sabino junior Zaida Wise (79-88: 167) won the Girls 15-18 Division over Mica Mountain sophomore Tyla Greenwood (90-80: 170).

The Adult/Pro Junior Championship is set for Saturday, July 15 at The Views with the first tee time set for 10 a.m. The Ricki Rarick Tournament of Champions is slated for July 17-18 at Dove Mountain and The Gallery-North.


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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