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Tuesday, October 31st.
For the Chaparral Firebirds and the Brophy Broncos, the battle for the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) state title came down to the last stroke of the last hole of the last day at Omni Tucson National Sonoran. The Firebirds started their Halloween round already two strokes down from the day before and throughout the day, the Broncos maintained a lead that would range from one to five strokes...until the final holes. On the first nine, the players were dropping birdies to battle back from bogeys on an unusual and treacherous golf course with red stakes and OB on every hole. Guided by outstanding support from Head Coach Dan Peterson, the Firebirds focused on their game plan as the back 9 turned in a test of wills and character. Ultimately, those final holes would provide a litmus test of a year’s worth of work, yet the golfers had little idea that they would tee off on the 18th tee all tied with Brophy after being down by 5 strokes with 6 holes left. Freshman Preston Summerhays, remaining true to his breakout year, capped a strong tournament with a two-putt par to close with an even 70. Then, sophomore Nicky Kling sunk a resilient birdie, an example of his no-quit attitude. Now, it was the upperclassmen’s turn to see if they could stake a claim in Chaptown history. After an OB tee shot, senior Mason Nam holed a 30-footer for bogey (natural-birdie) and finished 69. Junior Mason Domecq found his approach shot in the front-side bunker in two strokes and, with a flair for the dramatic, proceeded to hole out his sandy for a birdie and a closing 68 (T-3 individually). Once the cheering calmed down, the green-side crowd knew the season would come down to both team’s last player on the last hole.
Senior Jack Whisler hit his tee shot which seemingly rolled forever but stopped in a “spot-of-bother.” After conferring with Coach Peterson, Whisler took a penalty drop and hit a short iron to the green. The putt from 15 feet for par never left the cup and closed Whisler’s round at 69 (T-6th). The Firebirds of 2017 sealed Chaparral High School’s 8th State Golf Championship, its first since 2009 and first ever as a member of the large-school AIA Division 1. The course erupted with raucous cheers from watching family, friends and teammates. The 18th green quickly emptied as darkness settled in over the Tucson mountains and the Sonoran golf course. No plaques or signs remain there to tell the story of what transpired this Halloween night-2017. Still, Seniors Jack Whisler and Mason Nam capped their notable 4-year careers with a spot in Chaptown history they won’t soon forget.
Congrats to the 2017 AIA D1 State Champions! Head Coach Dan Peterson Mason Domecq (Jr) -4 (71-68) (T-3) Jack Whisler (Sr) -1 (73-69) (T-6) Preston Summerhays (Fr) +4 (77-70) (T-17) Mason Nam (Sr) +7 (81-69) (T-25) Nicky Kling (So) +8 (77-74) (T-27) Harry Su (So) Alternate
October 31, 2017 - The Chaparral HS Men's golf team win the AIA D1 State Golf Championship at Omni National Tucson Sonoran/Catalina course!
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