Battling 20 mph winds and 25 mph gusts made playing the pristine Chaparral Pines golf course an adventure for the high school golfers representing Payson and Winslow high schools.
Both teams, however, successfully toured nine holes of the par 35 course with the Longhorns coming out on top 174 to 205.
The dual match wasn’t the first clash in which the PHS golfers have had to battle turbulence.
Last week in matches at Verde Santa Fe and at The Rim Club, unstable weather conditions hindered play forcing players to find ways to compensate for winds.
Individually at the April 5 showdown at Chaparral Pines, Mason Dacanay played his way to low medalist honors with a 39.
Those honors came on the heels of him taking medalist honors (41) in the three-way match at The Rim Club.
Freshman Jeffrey Kelley, the younger brother of former Longhorn golf star Brandan Kelley, finished at 44 and was second among the PHS contingent.
Tyler Apps posted a 45, Alex Korth had a 46, and Anthony Smith turned in a 47.
Next up for the golfers is an appearance April 16 and 17 in the 36-hole White Mountain Invitational. The first 18 holes will be played at Silver Creek Golf Course north of Show Low, and the final 18 at Snowflake golf course.
Also on the schedule is an April 21 clash at Pinetop Country Club and April 23 and 24 matches in the Safford Invitational Tournament. The season wraps up May 3 and 4 at the East tournament and May 10 and 11 at the 3A state finals to be hosted by the South Region.