Former Payson High School golf star Tyler Apps received a much-welcomed monetary surprise last week while meeting with Grand Canyon University coach Paul Purtzer.
The coach told the ex-Longhorn that he would be on the receiving end of a $1,500 golf scholarship to play next season for the Antelopes.
Apps committed to attend GCU following his graduation from PHS last spring, but was told earlier that athletic money was not available.
The school did award Apps a lucrative academic scholarship, valued at $40,000 over four years.
In Purtzer’s recent meeting with Apps in Phoenix, the coach told the 17-year-old that scholarship money had become available and he and one other incoming freshman would receive it, said Tyler’s mother Rene.
Since high school graduation, Apps has traveled the state playing in a variety of tournaments including a state amateur qualifier at Arrowhead, where he earned a championship berth shooting an even par 72.
The Arizona Amateur Championship tournament will be played July 30 to Aug. 4 at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana
Apps has also received a coveted invitation to play in the 36-hole Ping Arizona Junior Masters Tournament, July 24 and 25 at Karsten Golf Course at Arizona State University.
On June 21 and 22 at Dobson Ranch Golf Course, Apps played his way to a fourth-place finish in the Mesa City Junior Championship tournament by carding a 140 (68-72).
He’s also competed this summer in the Willie Low Invitational at Phoenix Country Club, the Thunderbird Junior Class at Biltmore Country Club and the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier at Alta Mesa Country Club.
Apps capped his four-year prep varsity golf career in May by finishing as the boys gold medalist in the 2012 Thunderbird High School Senior Classic.
In the tournament played at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Apps shot a sizzling four under par total of 68 to win the tournament that drew 47 of the finest senior boys players from around the state.
At the conclusion of Apps’ senior year, he paced the team at the Division III state tournament at Antelope Hills, finishing at 74 on both days for a 148. That score tied him for fifth overall.
His tally, which was best on the team, lifted the Longhorns to a state runner-up finish.