The Longhorn golf team's opening tee shot at links life in the 4A conference begins at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) on the greens and fairways of the Rim Golf Club.
On hand to test the prowess of the Longhorns will be Grand Canyon region schools Mingus, Sinagua and Page.
The four-way shoot out will allow coach Bret Morse and his charges the opportunity to access three of the 4A teams the Horns will have to best in order to earn a berth into the state meet. The 4A finale will be played Nov. 5 and 6 at Sundance Golf Course near Buckeye.
PHS coach Bret Morse has tagged Mingus as traditionally tough in the region but says he won't know how good Sinagua and Page are until the conclusion of tomorrow's tournament. As a new member of the GC region, the Longhorns must finish first in the qualifying tournament Oct. 29 and 30 at Chaparral Pines to advance to state.
That standard is in marked contrast to last season when Payson was housed in the 3A East region. That region sent four qualifying teams to state.
"It (reaching state) will definitely be tough this year," Morse said.
The Longhorns starting roster tomorrow will include Brandan Kelley, Billy Bob Hoyt, Troy Marrs, Brad Meyocks and Nathan Blanco. The format will be "play five and score four" unless all four coaches agree to expand the scoring. Morse also anticipates that varsity reserves Tyler Daniels and Josh Rodriguez will play.
Following tomorrow's showdown, the team returns to action Sept. 5 and 6 at the 27-hole Yuma Kofa Invitational.