Southern Arizona Boise Golf Preview

Brionis Briones. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Southern Arizona Championships

September 9-10
Mountain View hosted the Southern Arizona Invitational Championship

September 16-17
The Flying Wells Boys Championship at Silverbell

October 14
Sabino Cactus Classic at Fred Enke

First Division Boys

Former Marana stars Nathan Romero And the Dominic Swick They qualified for the state championship last year as individuals and the duo helped lead the Tigers to the Division 7. Cienega has a lot of returnees so this could be their year.

Top 20 Returns
Jackson Rose, So. Marana
David Davila Jr. Senega
Alec Pelissell, Mr. Senega
Damian Jo, Sr. Al-Zawiya University
Safed Martinez Jr., Sue. Tucson
Francisco Felix Jr. Tucson
Tyler Micna, Sr. Marana
Josiah Stidham, Father Marana
Mark Vimbris, So.Cienega
Brady Carson, Mr. Senega
Paul Shearer, Mr. Good
Alan Fillmore, So. desert landscape
Jack Ross, Mr. Senega
Jack Green Jr. Rincon University
Isaac Schwartz, Mr. Senega
Dylan Chavez Diaz, Father Marana
Orlando Rodriguez Jr. University of Rincon
Michael Cota Robles, Sr. Desert View
Peyton Propper, Father Marana
Nicholas Portel, and Mr. Tucson

Section two boys

Ironwood Ridge beat Salpoint to win the first division and Nogales won the second division. As a team, Ironwood Ridge finished fifth statewide, Salpoint finished eighth, Sabino finished ninth, and Catalina Foothills finished tenth. The Catalina Foothills was the last Southern Arizona team to win the state championship in 2016 when the team fended off Salpointe by one stroke.

Ironwood Ridge Jr Briones Briones He’ll play for another state title, something the golfer hasn’t done on a D-II since 2008.

Top 20 Returns
Brasen Briones Jr. Ironwood Ridge (state champion)
Carlos Astiazaran, Sr. Salpoint (4th place statewide/highest rated)
Finn Meister, So. foothills of Catalina (seventh place in the state)
Jake Meyer, Sr. Sabino (7th state place)
Jackson Rostand, Sr. Sabino
Jacob Medina, Jr. Ironwood Ridge
Jayden Schmitz, Jr. Ironwood Ridge
Beckett Carlson, Father Ironwood Ridge
White Charnocki, So. Ironwood Ridge
Chase Pickering, So. salpoint
Tyler Tosca, So. Catalina foothills
Spencer Chan, foothills of Catalina Sr.
Colton Boone, Father Douglas
Jens Benedict, foothills of Catalina Sr.
Colin Lynch, Jr. Mountain View
Joey Heron, Father Sabino
Austin Rabenik Jr. Catalina Foothills
Luis Romero, Mr. Nogales
Ethan McWilliams, Father Canyon del Oro
Luke Sadala Jr. Catalina Foothills

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