GABE ESCALERA WINS THIRD STRAIGHT COLLEGE OUTING
Former Walden Grove standout Gabe Escalera won his third straight college competition by winning the Siouxland Invitational by three strokes, including a Hastings record round of 66 on the final day. Escalera (72-69-66: 207) beat the field by three strokes. He was named GPAC Golfer of the Week for his efforts.
CHASE PICKERING AND JAMES LABUKAS DO WELL AT PEBBLE BEACH
As we reported in July, Sabino junior Chase Pickering and The Gregory School senior James Labukas qualified for the 2023 PURE Insurance Championship Impacting First Tee held at the Pebble Beach and Spyglass and the pair, representing the First Tee – Tucson program, completed their competition on Saturday.
The cut for round three to be played on Sunday was a 10-under-par 134 and Pickering shot a 6-under 138 (69-69) and Labukas came in with a 5-under 139 (70-69). Only 12 golfers made the cut in the competitive field.
Tempe Prep seniors Noah Quiros (68-69: 137) and Jay Nergard (70-69: 139) also missed the cut.
Pickering is currently qualified for the AIA Division II state playoffs as an individual along with Salpointe junior Joey Bernier, Mountain View seniors Gabe Sendlak and Colin Lynch, Salpointe sophomore Valentin Ortiz and Rio Rico junior Noah Castro. Marana junior Jackson Rose is currently above the cut from Division I.
The Gregory School competes in D-III Golf, which takes place in the spring.
FINN MEISTER TAKES THIRD AT THE DOBSON CLASSIC
Catalina Foothills junior Finn Meister shot a 7-under-par 65 to claim third place at the Dobson Classic on Wednesday. The 18-hole tournament, held at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, featured 28 teams and 140 golfers mixed between Division I and Division II teams.
Horizon junior Brennan Horn and Mesa Mountain View junior Madden Hall ended their day with an 8-under 64. Horizon and Mesa Mountain View are D-I programs. Meister picked up birdies on four of the five par-5 holes, and an eagle on the ninth made everything even there but a bogey on the fourth, and another twelfth, were the only setbacks.
As a team, Catalina Foothills took seventh place and Ironwood Ridge took eleventh. Catalina Foothills will play Salpointe on Monday at Randolph and Ironwood Ridge will face Catalina Foothills and Canyon del Oro at Ventana Canyon on Wednesday. The Falcons became playoff eligible with their required seventh qualifying round. Ironwood Ridge, Mica Mountain and Cienega are the other teams from Southern Arizona with enough qualifying rounds above the projected cut line.
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1 Brennan Korn, Horizon 64 (-8)
1 Madden Hall, Mesa Mountain View 64 (-8)
3 Finn Meister, Catalina Foothill 65 (-7)
4 Kaj Johnston, Cactus Shadows 66
4 Tyler Anderson, Chaparral 66
1 Brophy (DI) 277
2 Cactus Shadows (DII) 286
3 Chaparral (DI) 287
4 Mesa Mountain View (DI) 290
5 Horizon (DI) 291
5 Hamilton (DI) 291
7 Liberty (DI) 292
7 Catalina Foothills (DII) 292
9 Notre Dame Prep (DII) 293
10 Saguaro (DII) 295
11 Ironwood Ridge (DII) 296
12 Pinnacle (DI) 297
13 Desert Mountain (DII) 298
13 Basha (DI) 298
15 Perry (DI) 305
15 Millennium (DII) 305
17 Mountain Ridge (DI) 307
18 Arcadia (DII) 309
19 Prescott (DII) 310
20 Desert Vista (DI) 313
21 Boulder Creek (DI) 314
21 Sunnyslope (DI) 314
23 Higley (DI) 318
23 Gilbert (DI) 318
25 Desert Ridge (DI) 322
26 Seton Catholic Prep (DII) 326
27 Lee Williams (DII) 340
28 Williams Field (DII) 346