Golf comes up short in state tournament

After both teams headed down South to kick off the state tournament at the OMNI Tucson National this week, both teams looked to make history. After the first day of play, the girls ended the first round in 11th place. They would look to make a significant surge on the second day. Following day 2 of the tournament there was improvements but not enough to do significant damage in the rankings as the women’s team finished 10th this year in the state tournament. Malia Uyeshiro solidified herself for the second year in a row finishing top 10 in the state for all of division one golfers. She shot a solid 75 on day 2 of the tournament, and the second-lowest score on the team was Malerie Nyberg at +45. Now it was not the finish they wanted, but “it was a learning experience for most of our players,” said Coach Uyeshiro. He also firmly believes “this year was all about taking baby steps towards success and predicts next year we will be inside the top 10 and will be much better.” The men’s golf squad eager to make a big run looked for leaders TJ Sifferman, Tyler Macpherson, and Cade Kilanowski to go out on a bang in their final high school golf match. The golf team ended up finishing 7th in the state tournament, which is where they finished the regular season. They did not reach the end goal, but this will be an interesting team to look for next year as they lose quite a few seniors this year, and they will look to find the next leaders of the Puma golf program in the 2020 season.