For the past two seasons, the Snowflake Lobos golf team, led by Kyle Jones, has been almost untouchable, running away with back-to-back 3A state championships and a slew of dual and multi match titles.
But on March 23, in cold and windy conditions, on the par 35 Chaparral Pines course east of Payson, the Longhorns were every bit the equal of the vaunted blue and white.
In the nine-hole shootout, Payson’s first home appearance of the 2010 season, the Horns finished just three strokes, 165 to 168, behind Snowflake.
As expected, Jones took individual honors with a two-over-par 37.
Mason Dacanay and Jeffery Kelley led the PHS parade, both carding 40s.
Tyler Apps and Cody Waterman tied for third among the PHS contingent with a pair of 44s.
Waterman’s appearance was his first of the season after being one of the Longhorns’ top golfers most of last season.
Also representing the Longhorns were Alex Korth (45) and Cody Bossert (47).
The team travels today to Wickenburg to compete in the Metro Invitational hosted by Northwest Christian. The 36-hole tournament wraps up tomorrow, Saturday.
This will be followed by a match in Sedona March 30 for the varsity and March 31 in Holbrook for junior varsity.
Payson will not be in action locally until April 5 at Chaparral Pines in a nine-hole shootout.