Golf Stars Getting Younger In Payson

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There could be a new core of fledgling golfers stepping up to replace the junior standouts, Brandon Kelley, Billy Bob Hoyt and Troy Marrs, that Payson fielded a decade ago.

Taking over for that talented trio, who now play collegiately, are Tyler Apps, Dean Harpe and Blake Cannon.

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Tyler Apps and Dean Harpe -- playing last week in the Southwest Section PGA Antigua Junior Tour tournament at Silver Creek Golf Course near Show Low -- were first in their age divisions. Apps carded a 43 to win the 11-12 years age group title. A tally of 50 earned Harpe the 10-years-and-under crown.

Just as their predecessors did on the junior golf circuit years ago, Apps, Harpe and Cannon are proving weekly they could soon have the skills to succeed in high school golf and possibly at the university level.

Apps and Harpe -- playing last week in the Southwest Section PGA Antigua Junior Tour tournament at Silver Creek Golf Course near Show Low -- were first in their age divisions.

Apps carded a 43 to win the 11-12 years age group title.

A tally of 50 earned Harpe the 10-years-and-under crown.

Apps finished 12 shots ahead or runner-up Matthew Farrar and Harpe was nine shots in front of second-place finisher Dallin Fusselman.

At the JGAA Antigua Milt Coggins Stroke Play Championships in the Valley, Cannon finished in a three-way tie for second in the 11-12 years age division. His card of 117 was three strokes off the pace of age division champion Anthony Quezada.

Apps is now set to test his skills against what his father Marc calls the "Big Boys," at Winged Foot course in New York for the U.S. Open (for youth). He'll also participate June 23 in the U.S. Kids Summer Tour tournament at Shalimar Golf Course in Tempe.

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