Tyler Apps led the Payson links charge at the White Mountain Invitational playing his way to a tie for third in the 66-player field.
His efforts helped the Longhorns finish second overall with a team card of 665. Host Snowflake took top honors posting a 606.
Apps finished the first 18 holes, which were played April 16 at Silver Creek Golf Course, with a 78. The following day, at Snowflake Municipal Course, Apps continued his onslaught on White Mountain courses with a 75. His two-day total of 153 tied him with
Snowflake’s Jordan Henderson.
“It was a great tournament performance,” said coach Bret Morse.
Snowflake’s Parker McDonald posted a 76 and 63 to finish at 139 and take tournament honors. His second day 63 was a course record.
With a 146 (75 and 78) Snowflake’s Nick Routhier was second.
The Lobos were without the services of probably their finest player, two-time defending state champion Kyle Jones of Taylor, who was participating in the Arizona Stroke Play championships at TPC Scottsdale Champions course. There, competing against seasoned adult players, he tied for second.
For Payson in the White Mountain Invitational, Jeffrey Kelley tied for ninth with scores of 86 and 77 (163).
“He had a super second day,” Morse said.
Also for the Longhorns Mason Dacanay was 12th (83, 81; 164), Anthony Smith, 32nd (92, 93; 185) and Alex Korth, 35th (92, 95; 187).
In all, 14 teams competed in the tournament.
The Longhorns return to the high country tomorrow, April 21, for a nine-hole match at White Mountain Country Club.
The junior varsity plays its final match of the 2010 season at Pinetop Lakes.