By Michael Moroney ’13
Brophy golf’s regular season wrapped up Tuesday, Oct. 16 after just a month and a half of match and tournament play against Arizona and national competition.
The Broncos followed up an early season first place finish at the Brophy Invitational with tournament wins at the Mustang Round Up Sept. 14 and 15 and the Mountain Ridge Invitational in Flagstaff Oct. 12 and 13.
“We’ve been really successful this year and have won three tournaments this year,” said Tyler Kertson ’13. “We have won almost every match this year.”
Andrew MacMillan ’14 shot a 67 and led four other Brophy golfers at the Mustang Round Up in Avondale. The team captured first place and finished nine strokes under par for the 27-hole team total.
MacMillan also led the Broncos in the Mountain Ridge Invitational with a score of 77, helping the Broncos beat second place Mountain Pointe by 13 strokes.
“Andrew MacMillian also has really improved from last year and has really been an essential part of the team,” said Blake Toolan ’13.
Brophy also finished second to Perry High School at the Dobson Ranch Invitational in early September.
Head coach Mr. Jon Shores brought the squad’s top five golfers to Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 21 and 22 to play in the competitive Bart Granger Memorial Tournament and the team finished 14th out of 52 teams.
Kertson finished the weekend with three rounds of 73 and Toolan came in second for the Brophy squad, posting scores of 74, 73 and 77.
Brophy played a nine-hole match Sept. 11 against Basha and Marcos de Niza. Taylor Hawfield ’13 finished with a 38 to lead the Broncos to a win against Dobson and Highland Sept. 20.
The Broncos continued their successful match play with a win against Saguaro, Coronado and Williamsfield Sept. 25. They followed that with a win Sept. 27 against Thunderbird, Mesa Mountain View and Notre Dame, posting five rounds under par.
The Broncos concluded regular season match play Oct. 16 against Hamilton and Notre Dame, beating second place Notre Dame by three strokes.
The next time the Broncos play is in the state tournament Oct. 29 and 30, where Brophy will try to repeat as state champions with all golfers returning from last year’s state team.
“The whole season boils down to the state tournament,” Toolan said. “We have a good chance and I believe at the end of the season we will be in the hunt for another state championship.”