TUCSON – With each scorecard that was turned in at Silverbell Golf Course on Saturday afternoon, Tucson Salpointe Catholic’s section of the leaderboard drew increasingly more “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd.
Friday’s first-round scores were low to begin with — Salpointe carried a 26-stroke lead into the final round. Salpointe spent Saturday rubbing it in.
It shaved 7 strokes off its first-round 303 to finish at 599, 64 strokes better than second-place Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, and win the Division II state championship. It’s Salpointe’s second consecutive title.
After shooting a 4-under 66 Friday, junior Krystal Quihuis led Salpointe with a 1-over 71 in the final round. Her 137 overall was good for a second consecutive individual crown.
“I’m just happy I kind of shot close to par,” Quihuis said. “It’s really hard just trying to keep those numbers under par.
“A 65 is my best round ever. I was only 1 stroke off it (Friday).”
Quihuis edged long-hitting Oro Valley Canyon del Oro sophomore Morgan Messick, who shot the low round of the day (70) to finish 4 strokes back with a 141.
Messick was on pace to shoot 68 before double-bogeying the final hole.
“I have to admit I’m a little disappointed because I know I could have done better,” Messick said. “I’m so happy for Krystal, though.”
Tucson Sahuaro sophomore Desiree Hong finished tied for third after shooting a final-round 73, bringing her two-day total to 148.
Sahuaro was Salpointe’s closest competition from southern Arizona, finishing fourth.