Gators set state record, win ‘fore’th straight golf title

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Xavier’s winning golf team is (back) Mikayla Fitzpatrick, Emily Mahar, Madison Kerley, Elizabeth Caldarelli, Alisa Snyder and Coach Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM. In the front row are Madeline Brown, Coach Tui Selvaratnam, Rebecca Red Horse, Lily Worden and Jessika Zanotti. (courtesy photo)

The Gators may not yell “fore” much on the golf course, but they might mention “four” during their chats on the bus ride home. Their winning streak is making a come back.

Xavier College Preparatory’s golf team captured its fourth consecutive state title Nov. 7 by shooting a record-breaking 567 and finishing nine under par. The young women captured the Division I state championship tournament by 35 strokes with each team member finishing under par.

Xavier’s golf team is known for its long streak of back-to-back titles. It has broken twice since 1980 with a two-year break beginning in 1996 and a year off in 2010.

This year, Madison Kerley, a senior, earned the individual state title. Alisa Snyder, a junior, finished third and sophomore Emily Mahar and junior Mikayla Fitzpatrick tied for fourth.

The Gators had another historic win earlier this season when they captured their 200th straight dual-match victory. The streak began 18 years ago.

UPDATE Nov. 19

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona named Mikayla Fitzpatrick, a junior, as its Player of the Year. She tied Xavier golfer Emily Mahah, a sophomore, for fourth place honors in the state’s individual tournament.
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