Golfers Swing A Win At River Valley Invitational

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Battling 14 teams from the tri-state area of California, Nevada and Arizona, the Longhorn golf squad played its way to a runner-up finish at the River Valley Invitational Tournament.

Under new coach Brett Morse who replaced Dave Bradley last spring the Horns carded a 623 during play March 6 and 7 on the par 70 Needles, Calif. golf course.

Tournament champion Sedona finished with a 609.

Paving the way to the Longhorns' silver medal was senior Tyson McKee.

The veteran linkster a four-year member of the team put on a show of consistency, finishing with a 77 on the first day and a 76 the second day (153 overall).

The tournament gold medalist, a Sedona golfer, turned in sterling scores of 67 and 69 (136). That youngster, Morse predicted, might possess the potential to someday shine on the college or pro circuit.

Also medaling for the Longhorns in the field of 70 golfers were freshman Billy Bob Hoyt (5th; 75 and 79), Brandan Kelley (9th; 80 and 77) and Jeff Higgins (14th; 83 and 76).

Sophomore Tyler Schrum also represented PHS but, with scores of 87 and 80, did not medal.

Following the tournament, Morse said he was satisfied with the team's play and predicted that if the young golfers continue to improve, they'll be contenders for East regional honors later this season.

For the team to earn a region crown, the Horns will need to edge the likes of Snowflake, Show Low and possibly Pinnacle, Morse said.

Because it is a newly built school in its first year of competition, Pinnacle is somewhat of an unknown factor. It's likely, Morse said, Pinnacle could sport a talented crew.

The Horns will be in action on the home course March 21 at Chaparral Pines. The eight-hole tournament has drawn teams from Blue Ridge, Show Low, Snowflake, Round Valley and Alchesay.

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