Defending Class 2A state golf champion Scottsdale Christian’s late charge wasn’t enough to overtake the Payson Longhorns in the battle for runner-up honors at the 2010 Metro Invitational Tournament.
“They almost caught us, but we held them off,” said PHS coach Bret Morse.
Payson finished with a team total of 679 and Scottsdale posted a 682 during the tournament held March 26 and 27 at Wickenburg Country Club.
Two-time defending state champion Snowflake took first place in the 13-team field with a sizzling 606.
Playing the par 71 course, the Horn team card included a 329 on opening day and a 350 on the second day.
Individually, a highlight for Payson was Tyler Apps’ opening day 72 on a course he had never played before.
He posted an 81 on the second day to finish 153 overall and in second place in the 66-player field.
Snowflake’s Kyle Jones was low medalist at 135.
Payson’s Mason Dacanay, an offensive lineman on the Longhorn football team the past two seasons, tied for 16th at 173 (82 and 91).
Scoring the tournament’s longest putt on hole No. 18 highlighted Dacanay’s day one effort.
Also contributing to the team’s silver medal finish were Jeffrey Kelley (177; 87 and 90), Cody Waterman (180; 92 and 82) and Alex Korth (188; 88 and 100).
The Longhorns return to the links today, March 30, in an 18-hole match at Verde Santa Fe near Sedona.
The Horns also play April 5 in a nine-hole match at Chaparral Pines.