The Payson High School golf team previewed the site of the coming Central Division championships Friday afternoon in a three-way shoot-out held at Desert Canyon course near Fountain Hills.
It was a valuable opportunity to play the course, Horn coach Dave Bradley said. With a sneak look at the course, the PHS players should be better prepared to make a run at the Central crown when it is contested there April 28, the coach said.
In Friday's fray, the Horns also got a glimpse of one of their chief competitors for the Central crown -- homestanding Fountain Hills.
The Falcons put their knowledge of Desert Canyon to good use, winning the affair with a card of 201. Payson was second (213) and Eloy Santa Cruz third (227).
Sophomore Tyson McKee continued to be the Horns' leading threat, taking team scoring honors with a 39. Joey Coburn and Rayne Rohrbach chipped in with a pair of 42s.
Two days prior to the visit to Desert Canyon, April 15, the Longhorns hosted the Snowflake Lobos at Chaparral Pines. The match was originally scheduled for April 7 but had to be rescheduled due to the snow that blanketed the Rim country.
Against the Lobos, who have long been a links leader in the northland, McKee fueled Payson to a 206-220 victory with a match-leading card of 39. Tyler Perna, Keith Stevens and Rohrbach all finished with 41s. Coburn rounded out the varsity score book tallying a 44.
Action this week has the Longhorns visiting Eagle Mountain Golf Course near Cave Creek Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tee time. Match foes will include Cactus Shadows and Fountain Hills.
Payson travels to Safford April 23 and 24 for the 16-team Bulldog Invitational that, Bradley says, should give the Horns an opportunity to compete against Class 3A teams they have not played this year.
On the jayvee level, the Longhorn contingent of Jeff Higgins, Stephanie Marrs, Logan Mileham and Dallin McLaws will host an 18-hole tournament Wednesday on the Payson Golf Course.
Tee time is 3 p.m.