The Republic's 2022 All Arizona girls high school golf team, coach of year
Here is The Arizona Republic's All-Arizona girls golf team and Coach of the Year for the 2022 high school season.
Members of the Arizona All-State girls golf team are nominees for Girls Golfer of the Year to be announced at the 2023 Arizona High School Sports Awards, produced in partnership with Diamond Kitchen and Bath. Nominated athletes can click here to register.
The show will be held this spring. Date and location to be announced.
Angela Chen, So., Hamilton
After coming in second individually at the state championships to only her teammate Jennifer Seo, Chen is proving that Hamilton will be good again next season. In Division I, Chen had the third best scoring average (36.6) and had the fourth most birdies (38).
Annie Dawson, Sr., Xavier Prep
Dawson ranked seventh in scoring average this season in D-I. Dawson, along with her teammate Kate Hauptman, helped lead Xavier to a second-place team finish at the state championships.
Carolyn Fuller, Sr., Pinnacle
Fuller finished the season with her second straight top five placement at the D-I state championships. Along with Olson, Fuller led Pinnacle to third place in the team standings.
Kate Hauptman, Jr., Phoenix Xavier Prep
Finishing sixth at the D-I state championships, Hauptman continued her strong start to her high school career. The junior led Xavier in scoring average (36.8) this season and got the most first-place finished on the team (7).
Eva Heinz, Sr., Goodyear Desert Edge
The Desert Edge senior came very close to securing a state individual championship in 2022. Despite losing in a playoff hole and coming in third place, Heinz had a great regular season, winning 10 of her 21 rounds and placing in the top 5 of 16 of those rounds.
Kaitlyn Helm, So., Avondale St. John Paul II
Helm broke onto the scene this year finishing tied for fourth in scoring average (35.6) among all girls' golfers. In the D-II individual state championship, Helm finished tied for tenth, but had a first-place finish in 14 of the 22 rounds she played in this season.
Lilly Huether, Jr., Tucson Salpointe Catholic
Finished in second place at the state championships after forcing three-way playoff hole. Huether finished in the top five of 16 rounds she participated in including a fifth-place finish at the Nighthawk Invitational.
Nikki Kato, Sr., Scottsdale Cactus Shadows
The Division II state champion had a solid season going into her state title run. Kato was second in scoring average (35.1) and was tied for the most eagles on the season (3). Kato also placed in the top 5 at some of the biggest regular season tournaments such as the Brophy Rodeo and the Nighthawk Invitational.
Brooke McGlasson, Sr., Peoria Liberty
McGlasson had the best score in the field on the last day of the state championships, finishing with 36 strokes. McGlasson kept Liberty competitive a year after the Lions won the team championship and losing its best golfer, Mattie Frick, who now golfs for the University of Illinois.
Zoe Newell, Sr., Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge
Newell finished fourth in the D-II state championships but was in contention for first all the way up until the final holes of the second round. During the season, Newell had the fourth best scoring average (36.4) in D-II.
Samantha Olson, Jr., Pinnacle
Olson started her season coming in first place in her first five rounds. At the state D-I championships she finished in fourth. Olson led all golfers in iWR (-1.035) which is the stat AZPrep365 uses to statistically rank golfers.
Jenifer Seo, Sr., Chandler Hamilton
Seo followed up last year's individual state championship title with an even better season. Seo finished in the top 5 in 24 out of the 25 rounds she played in this season. The UCLA commit won the individual championship again this season and led all girls' golfers in scoring average (34.8) and birdies (57). During the off-season this summer, she also won the PGA National High School Girls Invitational in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Honorable Mentions: Lucy Newell, So., Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge; Emily Swagger, Jr., Waddell Canyon View; Isabell Junio, Sr., Goodyear Millenium; Gabrielle Cone, Jr., Gilbert Perry; Kyla Layman, Jr., Phoenix Xavier Prep; Kylie Kuppersmith, Fr., Queen Creek Casteel
Coach of the Year: Jackie Walker, Hamilton
Hamilton has finished its season in the top three every year since 2016 including four straight years of third places finishes. Walker finally got her team its first title since 2010 this year. This is Hamilton's first championship under Walker. In the tournament the Huskies scored a 631 as a team and had the top two individual golfers by score.
Others considered: Tui Selvaratnam, Xavier Prep; Ryan Evans, Pinnacle; Mark OBryan, Cactus Shadows; Chris James, Casteel
How they were selected
The players and coaches were chosen by the azcentral sports high school sports reporters, using season statistics and rankings, as well as observations from the season.
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