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Golf Wins Brophy Rodeo Behind Medalist Tyler Spielman ’24

Story and photos by Steve Shaff

The Brophy College Prep golf team overcame a six-shot deficit late in the second round to win the Ping-sponsored Brophy Rodeo National High School Golf Invitational at Grayhawk Golf Club for the second consecutive year. Senior Tyler Spielman provided the highlight moment on the final shot of the tournament, draining a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th to take medalist honors.

“Tyler is the anchor, and he takes the pressure off,” said Head Coach Jon Shores, the 2022 Arizona Golf Coach of the Year. “The course played tough, and the golf staff put the pins in some tough spots. At times, it looked like Hamilton might walk away with it. But the leaderboard changed every five minutes. It came down to the guys making big putts and Tyler making a big putt on 18 to seal the win for us.”

Spielman, the No. 1-ranked player in the PGA National High School rankings as a junior and the reigning Arizona State champion, was the first-round leader after a six-under-par 66. He was chased by Corner Canyon’s Bowen Mauss and Hamilton’s Vincent Cervantes. Mauss had the low round on the day with a 68, including an 18th-hole birdie that briefly tied him with Spielman for the lead. Spielman answered Mauss’ birdie with a 71 that included five birdies.

Brophy won the team title by two strokes over Hamilton 591–593. Tucson’s Ironwood Ridge was third at 595 and Corner Canyon (Utah) was fourth at 600. Trinity Christian had the low team round of the day at 292 to move into fourth.

Brophy senior Tyler Spielman with his team and with PING CEO and Chairman John Solheim won medalist honors.
Tyler Spielman with PING CEO and chairman, John Solheim

Senior Henry Dall tied for 11th after a one-over par 73 in the second round. Freshman Asher Nelson was tied for 26th after rounds of 77/76 and junior Dylan Boenning was 31st overall shooting 75/80. Freshman Nathan Ash provided the fourth scorer in the final round with a 78 for a two-day total of 161 to tie for 56th. He provided a key birdie on his last hole that closed out a back nine 36.

With PING as its presenting sponsor, the Brophy-hosted Rodeo highlighted more than 200 high school golfers competing over two days of 36-hole play. Coronado won the girl’s title for the second consecutive year with a score of 564 — a 30-stroke victory over Xavier.

“The Rodeo is a great way to promote high school golf on an elite golf course,” said Shores. “We are fortunate to have a relationship with Grayhawk Golf Club, host of several NCAA men’s and women’s national championships, affording these student-athletes an opportunity to play at a national championship venue.”

Isaiah Oliver in the middle of two coaches

Three Alumni on NFL Rosters for 2023 Season

Three Brophy College Prep alumni are on NFL rosters for the start of the 2023 season: Isaiah Oliver ’15 (San Francisco 49ers), J.J. Jansen ’04 (Carolina Panthers) and Devon Allen ’13 (Philadelphia Eagles).
Oliver was a Falcon’s second-round pick (58th overall) in the 2018 Draft. He played 62 games over five seasons (2018-22) with the Falcons before signing with the 49ers this offseason.

Now in his 15th season, Jansen, a Pro Bowl player (2013) with the Panthers, holds the franchise record for games played (227). Allen is in his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He began on the practice squad but was added to the active roster in late September.

Photo: Oliver attended the 2023 Honor Bowl game with his father, Mohammed. He visited with Athletic Director Josh Garcia on the sideline at halftime.

Brophy Football Wins Honor Bowl Game in San Diego

By Steve Shaff
Photos by Matt Johner
Football team on the field at night

The Brophy College Prep varsity football team defeated Cathedral Catholic 31–21 in the Honor Bowl in San Diego on Sept. 1.

Senior quarterback Charlie McGinnis went 13-for-20 for 166 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter that tied the game at 7. Sophomore Daylen Sharper was named the team’s Honor Bowl MVP after he scored on a nine-yard reception to help put the Broncos up 28–14 in the second half and finished with five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos helped the cause with three interceptions in the game, including two by senior Jack Sebald.

Brophy led 14–7 at the half, but the Dons scored on the opening drive of the second half to tie the game. Brophy responded with back-to-back scoring drives. Senior Carlos Estrada, who finished with 23 rushes for 92 yards, scored on a 1-yard run to retake the lead at 21–14, and then McGinnis found Sharper to extend the lead to 28–14.

Harrison Chambers added nine carries for 48 yards in the win. Cathedral Catholic added a fourth-quarter score to cut into the lead, but a Brophy field goal by Connor Furey sealed the game.

football team playing on the field

Senior Leo Roth received the Honor Bowl Character Award.

“Leo is a fantastic kid. How many varsity players have so little ego that they come back and film a freshman and JV game out of need? He does stuff like that,” said Head Coach Jason Jewell. “I nominated him for the small things he does when the likelihood of him going into the game is slim. But the first game he was ready, and he jumped in on the kickoff team. He is a great teammate.”

"Leo is a fantastic kid. How many varsity players have so little ego that they come back and film a freshman and JV game out of need?"

The Honor Bowl is coordinated by the Honor Group, whose mission is to educate students, coaches and the community about patriotism while raising money for injured, ill and wounded veterans. This is the 13th year for the game which started at Del Oro High School in the Sacramento area. Now, after over 1000 games with teams that have traveled from 11 states, the Honor Bowl continues to attract some of the best high school football programs in the U.S.