With a pair of multi-team meets set for prestigious Chaparral Pines next week, the Payson High School golf team is primed and ready to flex its muscle in front of Rim country fans.
The Horns will host Snowflake, Show Low and Sedona at 3 p.m. Monday in a nine-hole tournament.
The granddaddy of the regular season will begin at noon Wednesday when Cactus Shadows, Fountain Hills and Snowflake visit for an 18-hole tournament.
PHS coach Dave Bradley says the two tournaments are crucial to Longhorn postseason success. "This is the start of the meat of the season when players must get consistent with their best possible scores."
The only other occasion on which local fans have been able to cheer the Horn team on in a home meet this season was March 26 when Wickenburg, Santa Cruz and Globe visited the Rim country for a four-way shootout.
The Longhorns easily won the affair with a stroke total of 218. Wickenburg took second with a 229 and Santa Cruz was third, carding 244. Globe and its tally of 282 trailed.
Individually, Payson's Tyson McKee and Tyler Perna tied for gold medal honors with identical scores of 41. One stroke off the leader's pace was Rayne Rhorbach. Josh Coburn finished third on the Horn varsity with a 46. Dallin McLaws rounded out the five-person prep scoring, finishing with a 48.
The Horn regular season will culminate April 28 at the Central Division regular season tournament to be held at Fountain Hills. Tee time is 9 a.m.