Turning in a nine-hole course record of 155, the Longhorn golf team flexed its collective muscle to convincing East region victories over Snowflake, Show Low and Blue Ridge.
The Horns chalked up the impressive showing in a four-way meet March 12 at The Rim Golf Club.
The previous high school course standard of 158 was set two years ago by the Longhorn team that went on to win the state championship.
Not only was the Horns' score a record, it also bested runner-up Snowflake's tally by 20 strokes. Show Low crippled across the finish line at 193 and Blue Ridge trailed with 235.
On the par 36 front nine holes, Billy Bob Hoyt led the Longhorn victory charge finishing with an even par. One stroke behind was teammate Brandon Kelley (37). Kyle Kent chipped in with a 39 and Troy Marrs rounded out the "play six, keep four scores" format tallying a 43. Tyler Danielson's 45 and Brad Meyock's 46 did not count on the overall team score.
Coach Bret Morse said the Longhorns' performance in the early season match was outstanding, "especially because we had three (golfers) finish in the 30s."
One of the reasons behind the stellar outing was consistency over the course.
"Like always, we had some bad holes but we didn't have any disasters," Morse said.
The event marked the first time in 3A conference golf competition that coaches were allowed to tutor the athletes on the course.
Last spring, a rule was passed that allows coaches to walk the course with their players and offer limited advice and help.
Morse said he thought the new rule was a good one in that it helped improve the overall play of all the fledgling golfers.
The Longhorns will not return to action until March 22 when the team travels to the 18-hole Thatcher Invitational at Mount Graham Golf Club. Tee time is 3 p.m. Copies of the PHS golf schedule released by the school show a March 19 clash at Concho Golf Course against St. Johns. That match has been canceled.