Finding their stride

The Desert Vista boys golf team was the highest finishing boys team (third place) at the Antigua National Invitational at McCormick Ranch.

As far as early season statements go, the Desert Visa boys golf team signed some impressive golf scorecards over the weekend to show the Thunder will be among the top contenders this season.

Desert Vista finished third at the Antigua National Invitational as the Thunder had a great second day to be the highest Arizona team in a tough 23-team field which included some of the top programs around the country and Canada.

I am extremely proud of these young men and the way they compete in every round,” Thunder coach Matt Russo said. “They executed with precision and accuracy especially while under adversity.”

The King’s Academy (Fla.) was first at even par for the two rounds, while Lone Peak was second at 11-overall and the Thunder finished at 15-over/

The other Arizona finishers among the top 10 were Brophy at No. 6 at plus 29, Hamilton at seventh at plus 29 and Catalina Foothills at No. 9 at 44 over par.

The highest individual from the area was Campo Verde’s Branden Meyer, who tied for third at 1-under to finish six strokes behind medalist Andrew Kozan of The King’s Academy.

The Thunder’s Tyler Svendson and Brian Seon were tied for seventh at 1-over for the tournament.

On the girls side of the event, the Hamilton girls won the event they hosted.

The Huskies finished at 15-over par with Coronado out of Nevada second at plus 37.

The Thunder girls were sixth 90-over and Corona del Sol were ninth at plus 116.

The top individuals were the Hamilton duo of Jenny Bae and Hannah Lie finished tied for third at plus 5, while teammate Alyzzah Vakasiola at 7 over.

The Thunder’s Anaya Ross was highest non-Hamilton finisher at 22nd place at 13-over, while Corona’s Emma Lower finished No. 25 at 16 over.

* Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

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