Mason Dacanay Takes Longest Drive Honors

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Mason Dacanay won closest-to-the-pin and longest drive competitions at the Safford Invitational golf tournament.

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PHS golfer Alex Korth, shown practicing earlier this season at Chaparral Pines, was 27th at the Safford Invitational with a card of 131.

Mason Dacanay lit up the Mt. Graham Golf Course winning both longest drive and closest-to-the-pin honors during the playing of the Safford Invitational.

The Longhorn football offensive guard turned linkster won closest-to-the-pin accolades on the course’s par 3 eighth hole where his tee shot rolled to within 10 feet, 8 inches of an ace.

He also chalked up the longest drive, rocketing a blast of 310 yards.

Both efforts propelled the PHS junior to a sixth-place finish in the 75-player field.

During the April 24 opening round, while playing nine holes, he carded a 40. On the 18-hole second round, he posted a 77 to finish at 117.

Benson’s Joe Ryan was first at 106.

With Dacanay paving the way, the Horns finished fourth in the 15-team field carding a 492.

Host Safford took the tournament title at 465.

Individually, Cody Waterman was 12th overall at 121 (39 and 82) and freshman Tyler Apps took 16th with a 123 (45 and 78).

Alex Korth earned a 131 (45 and 86) to finish in 27th place.

Anthony Smith rounded out the Horn effort with a 34th place showing at 133 (45 and 88).

The Longhorns continued their quest for golf honors April 28 at the exclusive White Mountain Country Club near Pinetop.

For the six-team fray, teams toured the par 35 back nine holes in a “play six keep four” format.

Waterman paced Payson with a 37. Trailing were Dacanay (42), Filip Frojd (43), Apps (44), Smith (45) and Korth (45).

As a team, the Horns took third overall at 166. Snowflake (146) was first and Winslow (163) second.

Trailing were Blue Ridge (168), Holbrook (168) and Show Low (176).

In another match held at White Mountain CC, this time played April 21 on the par 37 front nine, Payson (168) took second behind powerful Snowflake. The Lobos tallied a 155 with Kyle Jones carding a sizzling 2 under par 35.

Apps and Frojd led the Horns with a pair of 41s. Dacanay had a 42, Waterman a 44 and Korth a 46. Smith turned in a 48.

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