It’s not often a 5-foot-10-inch, 295-pound offensive guard shines on the golf course.
But such was the case March 24 at Verde Santa Fe in Cottonwood where Payson High School junior Mason Dacanay took low medalist honors with a sizzling 75 on the par 71 course.
The card turned in by Dacanay, an offensive line stalwart on the Longhorns’ 2008 undefeated state championship football team, helped pace Payson High to a 334-365 win over host Sedona.
Trailing Dacanay for Payson were Tyler Apps, Flip Frojd and Cody Waterman. Apps, only a freshman, finished at 82, Frojd posted an 87 and Waterman scored 90.
Just three days after the win over Sedona, the Longhorns traveled to Northwest Christian for the Metro Invitational.
In the 13-team field, Payson took ninth posting a total gross score of 683.
The Horns tallied 347 on opening day and improved to 339 on the second.
Powerful Snowflake, an odds-on favorite to win a second successive 3A state championship, overwhelmed the field finishing first at 602.
On the way to the win, the Lobos posted the finest single round score of the tournament by tallying a 299 on day one.
Runner-up Desert Christian’s 655 was far off Snowflake’s winning pace.
Individually, Apps proved he’s one of the most promising players in the Longhorns future, leading the team with a 167.
A model of consistency, Apps carded an 84 on opening day and an 82 the second. His two-day tally ranked 20th of the 74 players competing.
Waterman, a state qualifier last year, was second among the Horn contingent with a 171 (90 and 87).
With a 173, Frojd was third (87 and 86).
Dacanay scored 87 on the first day and 88 on the second for a 175.
The best individual score of the tournament, a 4-under par 138, was turned in by Snowflake’s defending state champion Kyle Jones.