Starting a season out on a high note is what every team aims for and on Wednesday the Desert Vista golf team hit that mark at Club West.

The Thunder finished even-par over three days in the Ahwatukee Cup, a score low enough to give them their second consecutive victory in the tournament. The first two rounds were played at the Foothills Golf Club.

The Thunder, who began the third day leading by eight strokes, finished at 364 and were followed by Mountain Pointe (377), Desert Ridge (381) and Williams Field (383).

Leading Desert Ridge by eight strokes entering the final day, and Desert Vista was able to cruise to victory, lead largely by the play of senior Jack Snyder.

Snyder carded a 1-under par for the tournament and Desert Vista coach Paige Peterson said he’s already seen improvement from last year.

“We don’t have the depth that we did last year, so it’s good to see guys like Zach step up early and show that level of commitment to improve that much,” Peterson said.

The tournament is played with alternate shots on Day 1 and Day 3 with regulation golf played in the middle round.

Snyder tied Cave Creek's Trevor Wales for medalist honors as they each shot 35 on Tuesday.

This is the fifth time the Ahwatukee Cup has been won by either Desert Vista or Mountain Pointe.

Final results

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total  
Desert Vista 105 149 110 364  
Mountain Pointe 109 154 114 377  
Desert Ridge 107 155 119 381  
Williams Field 111 161 111 383  
Cactus Shadows 113 154 130 397  
Corona del Sol 112 155 135 402  
Skyline 120 170 141 431  
Gilbert 120 178 140 438  
Marcos De Niza 125 202 136 463  
McClintock 135 190 182 507  
           

• Will Argeros is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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