Playing the prestigious and challenging Rim Club course, the Longhorn golf team notched its first win of the still-young 2000 campaign, whipping Winslow, Fountain Hills and Holbrook.
In the four-way links shoot-out contested March 15, the Longhorns finished with a card of 175 to slip past runner-up Fountain Hills (178) by three strokes.
The efforts of Tyson McKee and Tyler Perna --who tied for team honors with identical scores of 41 --paced the Longhorns to the victory.
Adam Lutz of Fountain Hills was the meet gold medalist, finishing with a 38.
Other Payson representatives included Dallas Rensch (43), Keith Stevens (46) and Tyler Shrum (47).
The good news in the finish for Horns faithful is that Rensch and Shrum are only freshmen who were playing in just their third varsity competition.
The thought of the talented duo donning a team uniform for the next three seasons brings a huge grin to the face of Coach Dave Bradley.
In junior varsity play, the PHS fledgling linksters traveled to Snowflake where the team walked away with top honors in the 16-team field composed of mostly East region teams.
Finishing with a 177, the Payson jayvees were 11 strokes better than the nearest competition, Coach Denny Morris said.
The coach praised the individual efforts of Jeff Higgins who finished with a one-under-par 35.
Others entered from Payson were Kyle Kent (42), Stephanie Marrs (48) and David Curtiss (52).
Next up, both the jayvee and varsity teams will travel to Silver Creek Golf Course near Show Low March 22 to participate in an East region invitational.
The teams continue their on-the-road-show until April 5, when Snowflake, Show Low and Blue Ridge visit the Rim Club for a four-way tournament. Tee time is noon. Fans are encouraged to walk the course with the players, Bradley said.