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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 9:48 am, Wed Oct 24, 2012.

The Canyon Del Oro Dorados are a big favorite to win Division II at the state golf tournament, and the talented senior golfer Jaime Waltmire is a big reason for that.

Waltmire has already had several strong finishes this year, including finishing fourth place out of 95 golfers at the Arizona Fall Preview at Alta Mesa, and a 20th place out of 100 golfers at the Antigua National High School Invitational.

But in his final year as a Dorado, Waltmire is only looking to settle for first place at state, a feat he managed last year in individual play after defeating Glendale Cactus’ Kale Davidson.

“That was one of the biggest moments of my golfing career,” said Waltmire. 

Waltmire, who also shot a personal best score of 64 in a junior golf tournament over the summer, is focused on leading the team to its third consecutive state championship.

“Another state title is the overall goal,” said Waltmire. “We’ve repeated twice, and we’ve got a very strong team this year, and are favored in our division, but we know anything can happen.”

The Dorados picked up some new golfers this season that will only help propel the team into state contention.

Eric and Frankie Wu, both transfers from Ironwood Ridge, are expected to have breakout seasons this year.

“We’ve picked up a few guys, that at first we didn’t know what to expect from, but they’ve turned out to be great golfers,” said Waltmire.

The Dorados will also make good use of returning CDO veteran Chris Meyers.

According to Head Coach John Farbarik, Waltmire is looking more skilled on the golf course than he ever has.

“Jaime has a lot of natural talent that he has honed to a high skill level with years of practice and hard work,” said Farbarik. “He has had golf success for many, many years. It is still easy to forget that he is still just a teenager. He has never had to be much of a leader on our team because we always had an accomplished senior player who handled those duties. He just had to play. But now, he is that senior.”

How will Waltmire keep his team focused and driven to win?

“I’m kind of the guy that just tried to keep it as relaxed as possible,” said Waltmire. “I’m out there telling jokes and having fun, just trying to keep the team calm, but also leading by example.”

Farbarik said one of the keys in coaching a player like Waltmire, who is considered one of the best golfers in Southern Arizona, is to take it a day at a time.

“Jaime cannot hide from his competition,” said Farbarik. “Everyone knows who he is based on previous performances. However, I look forward to keeping him focused on our processes rather than on specific outcomes. If he keeps working hard and staying focused on improving, the rest will take care of itself.”

As talented as he is, Waltmire’s humble attitude has prevented him from thinking his future in golf is set in stone.

“The goal is to play professionally and make it on a tour, and see how I do, but golf is a tough sport to make it in professionally, and you need a backup plan,” he said.

Waltmire, who is in scholarship talks with the University of California, said if professional golf doesn’t work out, he is looking into a career in architecture. 

No doubt he will still make some money off his friends on the greens.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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