Pinnacle pulled a fast one at the Division I state girls golf tournament on Wednesday at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen.
Pinnacle — with two players as the tourney co-leaders — shot an astounding 7-over par (295) to take a two-shot lead over heavy-tournament favorite Xavier. Xavier shot 9-over (297) and its worst score counting was 76. Gilbert High is third (320). Pinnacle finished third last year behind Xavier and runner-up Hamilton. Pinnacle was 33 shots behind Xavier in last year's tourney.
Two players are one shot behind at even par — Mountain Ridge's Carly Akine and Red Mountain's Kaitlyn Saum. Defending individual champion — Xavier's Hannah O'Sullivan — is next with three others at 73. Also at 73 are Deer Valley's Maddy Hafner, Pinnacle's Megan Knadler and Ironwood Ridge's Sydney Colwill. Eleven players are within three shots of the lead heading to Thursday's (Oct. 31) final round. Tee times on Thursday begin at 7:30 a.m.