A pair of the Rim Country Middle School students shined at a U.S. Kids golf tournament held Dec. 2 at Aguila Golf Course near Phoenix.
Tyler Apps played his way to a first place finish in the 12-year-old division and Blake Cannon was fourth among the 11-year-olds. Apps is a seventh-grader at RCMS and Cannon attends sixth grade.
In Apps' age division win, he was forced into a sudden death playoff after he and Las Vegas, Nev. Golfer, Zane Thomas, turned in identical scores of 78. Apps emerged victorious on the first playoff hole.
Cannon carded a 78 to tie an Albany, Ore. golfer.
Tanner Denney of Tempe won the age division crown with a sterling 71.
In addition to Apps starring on the U.S. Kids tour, he has been invited to the prestigious PING Arizona Junior Masters and has turned in stellar efforts on the Southwest PGA trail and at the Westfield championships in Cottonwood. He also participated last year in the Kingman City championships and, along with his father, Marc, won the Chaparral Pines Father/Son tournament.
Cannon has shined in the Antigua Milt Coggins Stroke Play Championships, at the Phoenix City Championships and at the Tucson Spring Classic. He was also a standout player on the Payson Little League all-star team that, last season, won area and district champions to qualify for the state tournament.