Golf Team Swings To State Bronze

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Senior Brad Meyocks led the Longhorn golf team to a fifth place Class 3A state finish and a runner up showing in the North and East regional tournament.

In the state fray played May 9 and 10 at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen, Meyocks opened with a one-over-par 73. On the second round, he finished with a 76 to card a two-day total of 149.

The state tournament champion, Ryan Mahoney of Seton Catholic, turned in a 142 that included a sizzling 66 on the second day.

As a team, the Longhorns carded a 624 (313 and 311) to finish as the state bronze medalist behind 3A champ Seton Catholic (600) and runner-up Sedona (614).

East region champion Show Low struggled in the state, finishing fifth at 639.

Individually for Payson, Nate Blanco was 15th in the 73-player field with a 155 (78 and 77).

By posting a 159 (81 and 78), Justin Shuman tied for 24th. Bryce Danielson was 27th overall at 161 (81 and 80).

Payson's fifth and final player, Nathan Jones, took 35th with a 169 (84 and 85).

In the East and North region tournament, held April 26 and 27 at Chaparral Pines, Meyocks was third, carding a 163. At the conclusion of the first day, he stood second, one stroke behind Show Low's Kyle Crag who shot a 76.

On the second day, Meyocks struggled, falling to 86. Craig was eventually crowned the individual tournament champion at 159. With a 161, Show Low's Adam Taft claimed second.

Payson's 676 was 11 strokes off the winning pace set by the Cougars.

Individually, Jones (172), Blanco (173) and Danielson (173) finished seventh and tied for eight. With a 175, Shuman tied for 12th in the 35-player field.

In addition to five East teams, the tournament included Winslow and Window Rock of the North region.

Because those two schools are the only ones in the North that have golf teams, officials decided to enter them in the East tournament.

The region and state frays mark the culmination of the prep campaign. Some of the local players will now begin play for the Junior Golf Association on the Arizona circuit.

For Meyocks, the conclusion of the season marks the end of an award winning three-year varsity career that included being a sophomore member of PHS's finest team.

With him on the team were Billy Bob Hoyt, Brandan Kelley and Troy Marrs, who all went on to play on the collegiate level.

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