Getting To Top Play In Golf Is A Horse Of A Different Color

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In most Payson High School sports and others around the state, most of the attention has been focused on the highly controversial power points system used to seed teams into the post-season playoffs.

But in golf, the focus is not on points but rather “qualifying scores” that teams must earn during the regular season to advance to the state tournament.

The roots in the new playoff selection system were seeded last season, when the Arizona Interscholastic Association-mandated realignment did away with the old region-conference format and replaced it with divisions and sections.

Under the old format, teams had to finish among the top four in the region tournament to qualify for state.

But in the new configuration, which is in its second year of existence, prep teams must hit qualifying scores in at least five matches to reach the division or state tournament.

According to AIA guidelines, qualifying scores must be on rated courses and then calculated as target scores using a qualifying formula.

For Division III, the formula is course rating multiplied by four plus 26. Course ratings can be found on the Arizona Women’s Golf Association Web site.

Each team in D-III is responsible for inputting their qualifying scores on the AIA Web site.

Last season, the Horns carded qualifying scores at Eagle Mountain in Fountain Hills, at two matches in Holbrook and in the White Mountains.

The Longhorns’ quest to stack up qualifying scores early this season got off to a jump start March 1 at Chaparral Pines where Payson picked up its first qualifier in a 153-183 win over a Gilbert Christian team that is expected to be among Division III’s best teams.

Sun Devil football camp Newly appointed Arizona State University head football coach Todd Graham is hosting the Sun Devil Experience youth clinic at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 31 inside Sun Devil Stadium. The clinic is open to both boys and girls ages 8 to 13 who are not enrolled in ninth-grade or above. It is open to the first 500 youth to register. The Sun Devil coaching staff and several of the current players will conduct the camps, which will focus on form tackling, ball skills, blocking and running. Youths attending should wear sweats or sweatpants and a T-shirt preferably representing Arizona State University. Participants will not wear helmets or shoulder pads and are asked not to wear apparel from any university other than Arizona State. Check-in for the clinic is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and parents must stay on the premises until the conclusion of the clinic at about 12:30 p.m. Those who arrive early to the clinic are invited to watch the Sun Devil football team practice, beginning at 9 a.m. To register, go to www.thesundevils.com or call Jill Adams at (480)-965-3037. Booster meeting

The Payson Friends And Neighbors (FAN) club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Tiny’s Restaurant.

The next meeting is March 14.

The public is invited to attend and become involved in supporting extracurricular activities in the Payson school district.

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