Second-day blues drop Academy's golfers at state

KINGMAN - After finishing the first round on Friday in the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division III State Golf Championship 45-over-par and in eighth place, the Kingman Academy Tigers stumbled in Saturday's second round and finished 12th.

The Tigers shot 85-over-par on Day 2 at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott Valley to finish four spots behind their ranking entering the tournament.

Academy played Antelope Hills' par-72, 6,423 yard South Course on Friday and the par-71, 6,551 yard North Course on Saturday.

"It wasn't a good day," said KAHS golf coach B.J. Maticic. "They did not play as well as they did on Friday."

Tristen Pitts led the Tigers, finishing tied for 32nd at 24-over-par after finishing Friday's round at 8-over.

Raphael Choi shot 34-over for 57th place, Caleb Boyett finished three shots behind Choi (37) to tie for 62nd, and Haley Muswick and Matthew Suh each tied for 68th at 41-over par.

Only the top four scores are counted in the team tally.

Academy felt confident entering the tournament after a season that saw the Tigers ranked as high as No. 5 in D-III.

"I am very proud of the team," said Maticic. "They worked hard all season, which resulted in a top 10 position going into state. Everyone improved during the season in one way or another."