It's Deja Vu All Over Again For Golfers

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A rematch of the run for the 2002 Class 3A state high school golf championship unfolded Monday afternoon at Chaparral Pines.

Defending state champion Sedona and state runner-up Payson locked horns in an 18-hole dual match on the par-72 course.

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Brandan Kelley led the Longhorns to a victory over Sedona March 24 at Chaparral Pines. Kelley finished with a 3-under-par 72.

"It was the first time we have seen Sedona since they won the state championship last year," coach Bret Morse said.

In the most recent clash, the Longhorns emerged victorious. The triumph, however, might have been a tad misleading.

"They did not have their No. 2 and No. 4 golfers," Morse said.

Brandan Kelley played his way to low-medalist honors carding a 75 on what Morse described as "a very difficult course setup."

Sedona standout Jake Grodzinsky finished second with a 77.

In third with an 81 was Billy Bob Hoyt.

Also for Payson, Brad Meyocks posted an 88 and Kyle Kent tallied an 89.

In addition to the dual match against Sedona, the Longhorns were in action March 22 at the Thatcher Invitational at Mount Graham Country Club.

There were 95 prep players representing 19 teams on hand to participate.

Payson finished as the tournament champion with a card of 314. Tallying a 319, Globe finished as runner-up. Snowflake (325) was third and Safford (28) captured fourth. Host Thatcher (329) had to settle for fifth.

In winning the individual tournament title, Hoyt carded a 69 on the par 72 course.

"Billy played an outstanding round of golf and made very good decisions," Morse said. "His course management was nearly flawless."

Kelley finished sixth, with a 77.

"After a lackluster start, he was only one over (par) for the last 13 holes," Morse said. "Brandan made good club choices and stayed out of trouble."

Also for the Longhorns, Tyler Danielson turned in an 83 and Meyocks had an 85.

The coach praised the Longhorns' all-around championship play.

"Our whole team did a fine job of playing smart, limiting the big numbers on holes and making safe recoveries," Morse said.

The Longhorns returned to action yesterday (Thursday) in a nine-hole match against Phoenix Christian at Raven South Mountain (results not available at press time).

Payson is slated to host Fountain Hills and Snowflake, March 31 at Chaparral Pines. The nine-hole match tees off at 3 p.m.

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