It was Mother Nature rather than golf teams playing games when 13 teams from around the state traveled April 29 near Show Low for the White Mountain Invitational.
“This was supposed to be a two-day tournament with the first day at Silver Creek Golf Course,” said Payson High coach Bret Morse. “But the first day was canceled due to 30 to 40 mph winds with some 50 mph gusts.”
With opening day called off, the teams locked horns the following day, April 30, at Snowflake Golf Course where the Horns played their way to a fourth-place finish with a card of 346.
Snowflake and Blue Ridge tied for the tournament title with identical scores of 324, but BR took the crown and the Lobos were relegated to second place on a tiebreaker involving the scores of the fifth player on each of the two teams.
Show Low was third, just three strokes in front of the Longhorns.
Individually, Tyler Apps led the Horns’ charge in Lobo land with an 82.
Snowflake superstar Kyle Jones posted a 69 and was first.
Also for Payson, Jeffrey Kelley was 12th in the 56-player field at 85.
Cody Bossert finished at 85 and was 14th and Anthony Smith put together a 94 to take 29th.
Just three days prior to the White Mountain Invitational, the Longhorns visited Pinetop Lakes to participate in a three-way match against Blue Ridge and Snowflake.
Blue Ridge swung its way to first place with a 296. With a 307 Snowflake was second and Payson turned in a 316 to finish in third.
Apps led the Horns, as he has done much of the season, with nine-hole scores of 37 and 37.
With a 37 and 42, Kelley was second.
Other Payson players were Bossert (40 and 44), Smith (38 and 41) and Tod McCarthy (46-47).
In junior varsity nine-hole action, Payson was represented by Katie Schouten (46), Kelsey Bossert (42) and Tyler Crow (49).
McCarthy’s 46 was added to give the Horns a junior varsity team score of 183 that was second only to the 167 turned in by Blue Ridge.
The Horns return to the White Mountains today, May 3, to take on Blue Ridge and Winslow at White Mountain Country Club near Pinetop.