Young Horns Stumble At Gcr Finals

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The Longhorn one-year reign as the 4A Grand Canyon Region champions ended Oct. 30 in windy conditions on the Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in Cornville.

The Horns' bid for back-to-back titles was cut short by the Sinagua Mustangs who won the 36-hole regional tournament with a card of 665. Runner-up Payson was 22 strokes off the winning pace. Bronze-medalist Page finished one stroke behind the Longhorns.

At mid-season, Payson High School coach Bret Morse picked the Mustangs as the odds-on favorites to win the Grand Canyon crown.

Although the entire PHS team will not be advancing to state, Brad Meyocks and Nate Blanco earned the right to participate by virtue of their top-10 regional finishes.

The 36-hole 4A state tournament was held yesterday at The Duke course near Maricopa (results not available at press time).

Meyocks' finish in the Grand Canyon regional championships earned him first-team, all-region honors along with Mason Marsh (Sinagua), Connor Clark (Sinagua) and Pat Moran (Mingus).

Also for Payson, Justin Shuman and Blanco were named all-region, second-team. Bryce Danielson garnered honorable mention.

Sinagua's Marsh won individual medalist honors at the regional showdown with a two-day total of 156. He also was named the MVP for the season. SHS coach Kathy Kietzer was named coach of the year.

The first round of the regional tournament was played Oct. 25 at Continental Country Club. The second round was moved to Santa Fe because of snow that fell in Flagstaff late in the week.

If Payson High was a member of the 3A conference as it was for decades, the golf team would be bound for state. In the 3A ranks, the top-four teams from each regional tournament advance. In the much larger 4A conference, which is home to more than 50 schools, only the regional champion advances to the state.

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