Coach Bret Morse and his Longhorn varsity golf team are spending the practice week prepping for the 36-hole White Mountain Invitational to be played April 16 at Silver Creek and the following day on the Snowflake Community Golf Course.
High on the Horns’ agenda will be finding a way to contend with two-time defending state champion Snowflake and their ace, Kyle Jones, a two-time 3A individual champion.
Since the onset of the season, Payson is the lone 3A team to have given the Lobos much competition as Snowflake has waltzed through the campaign scrambling for a three-peat.
At the White Mountain Invitational, the Lobos will hold a distinct advantage in that 18 holes will be played on their home course and the other 18 on a course only a few miles away, and one which the team often plays.
The Lobos and Horns, longtime East rivals, last met April 7 in a nine-hole match on the Snowflake course.
Once again, Jones was the tournament’s brightest star, taking low medalist honors with a 29 on the par 36 course.
For Payson, Tyler Apps and Jeffrey Kelley both finished at 41.
Cody Waterman posted a 42 and Alex Korth had a 43.
Payson’s fifth and final team score was a 47 from Anthony Smith.
In the final team standings, the Lobos ran away with top honors at 141.
With a 167, the Longhorns were second.
Blue Ridge (180) was third, Winslow (193) fourth and Show Low (200) fifth. Holbrook participated but did not have enough players to earn a team score.