Simple Approach: Xavier Prep star takes aim at another state title

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Xavier Prep star Ashley Menne takes aim at another state title. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Xavier Prep star Ashley Menne takes aim at another state title. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Xavier Prep's Ashley Menne is 15 years old and leading the Xavier Prep golf team. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Xavier Prep's Ashley Menne is 15 years old and leading the Xavier Prep golf team. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Ashley points out her next goal is a college scholarship, after getting a driver’s license and trying to defend her state title. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Ashley points out her next goal is a college scholarship, after getting a driver’s license and trying to defend her state title. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Ashley Menne has a simple approach to a complex game.

“I kind of swing and make contact with the ball,” says Ashley with a smile, when asked about her approach to hitting consistent shots. “I’ve just been doing it so long. I don’t really pay attention to hitting the ball. I just focus on where I want it to go.”

Ashley is at the top of the class at Xavier Prep and she’s just a sophomore. The defending state co-champion spent most of 2017 at the top of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona leaderboard, winning 10 of her last 15 tournaments.

“I wasn’t really that good until, I want to say, I was 9,” says Ashley. “I couldn’t really hit it off the ground. It took me a while to get into the groove but when I did it felt good. I like the sport.”

Just 15 years old, she’s the top player on one of the top programs in the country. The Xavier Women’s Golf Team has won 29 out of the last 32 state championships in Arizona.

“Our first couple of years our teams, they were good but they weren't great until Heather Farr came,” says Sister Lynn Winsor, who’s coached golf at Xavier since 1977. “That changed the whole program. She and Missy and a whole succession of wonderful golfers came to Xavier, among them would be Ashley Menne. When you look at the JGAA [Junior Golf Association of Arizona], you see her name. Every time there's a tournament her name is there. She's a great student, straight A's.”

Ashley is surrounded by a solid group of teammates.

“Ashley is a very nice person,” says Lauren Faulkner, a Xavier senior. “Very humble, really fun to play with. You would think she’s super serious but she’s just calm and goes out there and does her thing.”

"Playing with really good players like Ashley," says Laura Lu, a Xavier junior, “You learn to say in focus and still have fun. It’s nice to watch her short game.”

As she gets more attention, Ashley's gallery will continue to grow. The state’s top golfer is trying to keep it all in  

“I just kind of compare myself with the LPGA pros. They have to go through so much more than I do, with the camera and the press,” says Ashley. “I don’t really have that yet, hopefully.”

Ashley catches herself and points out her next goal is a college scholarship, after getting a driver’s license and trying to defend her state title.

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