Longhorn Golfers Finish 13th At State Tournament


A 13th-place state showing and a fourth-place East region effort weren't the lofty finishes the Longhorn golf team enjoyed only a few seasons ago.

But those showings were the reality of prep golf world's post-season tournaments.

At the 15-team state tournament held May 6 and 7 at Fort Mohave, the Longhorns finished the first day at 352 and the second at 369. The team's final total of 745 was far off the pace of 2008 state champion Snowflake.

The Lobos, who also won the East region championship, tallied a 319 on the first day, improved to 306 on the second day for a 625 that was 15 strokes better than runner-up River Valley's card.

Snowflake's win was its eighth team championship and first since 2005.

Alec Barland, who was 91 on opening day and 81 on the second, posted the Longhorns' best card, a 172.

Others representing the Horns at state were Cody Waterman (86, 92-187), Alex Korth (89, 96-188), Chandler Sylvester (86, 100-186) and Ryan Shatz (96, 102-200).

During the East tournament, held a week prior to state, Waterman was named an all-region team member after finishing second to East champion Kyle Jones of Snowflake.

Jones, only a freshmen, also won the state title with a tally of 72, 71- 143.

Also at state, Wickenburg (325, 328-653) was third and Estrella Foothills (333, 328-653) fourth.

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