Golf: Ashley Menne wins Nighthawk Invitational; Hamilton captures team title

August 25, 2019 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365

Ashley Menne (Andy Morales/

Nighthawk Invitational

Omni Tucson National: August 23-24


Xavier Prep standout Ashley Menne shot a 10-under-par 133 to capture the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawk Invitational held at the Omni Tucson National. Menne shot a 6-under 67 on Friday on the Catalina Course and a 4-under 66 on the Sonoran Course on Saturday.

Salpointe standout Mackenzie McRee finished seven strokes back for a 3-under 140 (69-71), Cactus Shadows standout Kylee Loewe (73-68) and Catalina Foothills standout Maya Benita (75-66) tied for third place with a 2-under 141.

Millennium standout Madeleine Laux took fifth with a 1-under 142 (72-70).

Menne, an ASU commit, is one of only three golfers in Arizona history to win three state championships. McRee won the Division II state championship for the Lancers as a freshman last year.

Benita was in sixth place after the first round and the University of Arizona commit shaved four strokes off her total in her final nine holes to finish with a 66 on Saturday, matching Menne for the lowest round of the Invitational. Benita took second place at the D-II championships last year.

Loewe took seventh at the D-II championships and Laux took fourth.

Hamilton took first place as a team with a 23-over 595, Cactus Shadows came in two strokes back at 597 and Xavier Prep finished 27-over (599) for third place. Cactus Shadows won the D-II team championship last year and Ironwood Ridge took second. Xavier won the D-I championship (36th in school history) and Hamilton took third place.

The Omni is the host site of the AIA state championships.