Horns Play To Region Silver-Medal Finish

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Payson Longhorn golfers turned in perhaps the finest showing of the 2010 prep season when they claimed the runner-up spot in the East-North regional tournament played May 3-4 in Show Low.

Turning in perhaps the finest showing of the 2010 prep season, the Longhorn golf team played its way to a second-place finish in the East-North regional tournament.

The 36-hole links fray was conducted May 3 and 4 on the Par 72 Torreon Golf Club, just west of Show Low.

The Horns posted a 338 on the first day and a 319 on the second to finish at 657 overall. Powerful Snowflake High tallied scores of 305 and 300 (605) to claim the school’s second successive regional title.

While some fans and onlookers might not be impressed with the Horns’ runner-up finish, it actually represents quite an accomplishment since two-time defending state champion Snowflake might be the best prep golf team in Arizona regardless of school size classification — 1A to 5A.

PHS coach Bret Morse called the showing in Show Low “a great team effort” — especially on the second day when the squad turned in its lowest 18-hole total of the season.

Individually, Tyler Apps carded a 74 on the second round, which was the team’s lowest individual card of the season.

Apps scored an 81 on opening day to finish at 155, and tied for third in the 30-player field.

Jeffrey Kelley also shined at 83 and 76 for a 159 and a tie for fifth.

Macon Dacanay was a model of consistency with an 82 and 80 to score a 162 and take seventh overall.

Alex Korth followed a first-round score of 92 and an 89 (181) to finish 14th.

Snowflake’s Kyle Jones, a two-time defending individual state champion, took top honors at 134 (68 and 66).

At a tournament-ending awards ceremony, Apps, Kelley and Dacanay received medals for the top-10 finishes and Korth was honored with a special “Inspirational Award” for his spirited play the past season.

The tournament was a bit unusual in the 3A conference in that it combined two regions — North and East. Most season-ending tournaments are comprised of a single region only.

The North, which includes Holbrook and Winslow, was added to the East tournament because those are the only schools in the region — which is made up mostly of Northern Arizona Navajo and Hopi reservation schools — that field golf teams.

With the regional silver medal in the rear view mirror, the Horns now steer their way into the 3A state tournament that wraps up today, May 11, at Snowflake Municipal Golf Course.

The 36-hole shootout began yesterday.

Once again, Snowflake will be most everyone’s favorite to three-peat, but the Longhorns are projected to give the Lobos their stiffest competition.

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