Golf Squad Hosting Snow-Delayed Tournaments At Chaparral Pines


Due to the extremely dry winter, the snow that blanketed the Rim country April 2 and 3 was a godsend to most.

But to the Payson High School golf team, it meant postponement of one of the team's most anxiously awaited tournaments.

An 18-hole shootout April 7 on the prestigious Chaparral Pines golf course against Central Division rivals Cactus Shadows and Fountain Hills was to be the Longhorns' home showcase against a pair of highly regarded opponents.

But because of the storm, the match had to be rescheduled for May 5. Also, a nine-hole match against Show Low and Snowflake scheduled for April 5 at Chaparral Pines was postponed because of the snow to Wednesday, April 14.

Due to the rescheduling, the last time the Horns had an opportunity to compete was a victorious stint in Camp Verde March 30. Behind a stellar effort from team leader Tyson McKee with a card of 36, the Horns copped top honors, finishing with a 214. Host Camp Verde (248) was second and Sedona (252) third.

Trailing McKee on the individual scorecards for Payson were Josh Coburn (41), Tyler Perna (42), Rayne Rohrbach (51) and Cameron Omoto (51). Omoto's tally was a personal best.

On the junior varsity level, the Horns also copped top honors on the scoring of Adam Staszak (39), Keith Stevens (43), Stephanie Marrs (48) and Jeff Higgins (49).

In a three-way match played March 29 at Troon North near Cave Creek, the Longhorns had to settle for third-place honors in a four-way tournament.

Cactus Shadows dominated the day, finishing with a sterling 195. Santa Cruz (230) was third, Payson (234) the bronze medalist and Wickenburg (247) trailed.

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