Opposition Polishes Diamond In The Rough

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As the only girl on the Class 3A Arizona State Champion Payson High School golf team last year, Stephanie Marrs often found herself battling teammates for a spot on the roster.

That fierce competition served the 17-year-old well, however, when summer play rolled around in late May.

As an entrant in the LPGA Girls Golf Club and Southwest Section PGA Junior tours, Marrs has turned in an enviable season.

Most recently, she teamed up with her younger brother, Troy, who is also a PHS golf team member, to participate in the Junior/Junior Pick-a-Partner tournament July 20 at Pebblebrook Course near Sun City.

There, the brother-sister team played its way to a second-place finish against some of the most talented teams in Arizona.

Next up for Stephanie is the Mesa City Junior Championships to be held Thursday and Friday on the Dobson Ranch Golf Course.

In June, Marrs earned second-place medals in SWSPGA tournaments played at Ironwood and Foothills golf courses.

Both silver-medal scores, she said, were in the mid-80s.

At Girls Golf Club-hosted junior tournaments in June at Cypress and Raven golf courses, she earned bronze medal honors.

Last week at Arizona State University's Karsten Course in Tempe, Stephanie entered a match-play tournament.

She shot a 39 during her first nine-hole round and a 40 during her second nine-hole round.

The scores sent her into an 18-hole consolation-bracket showdown contested the third day. Although she played well, she said, Stephanie settled for sixth-place laurels.

Now that the summer season is ending and classes at Payson High School will soon begin, Stephanie, who will be a senior, will turn her attention to academic studies.

But like her PHS golf teammates, she'll continue to practice and prepare for a shot at playing a role in the Longhorns' quest for a second successive state championship.

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