The Payson High golf team is rounding into a talent-laden group that could eventually be the school’s best links squad since the Billy Bob Hoyt-Brandan Kelley group that led the Longhorns to state and regional titles from 2001 to 2004.
Proof of the team’s potential rests in a 3-0 season start and an outstanding effort on March 8 at Hidden Cove Golf Course in Holbrook.
There, the Horns totally overwhelmed Holbrook, 154-206, despite the advantage the Roadrunners had of playing on their home course.
On what coach Bret Morse is calling “a chilly, blustery day,” Jeff Kelley shrugged off the elements to lead the team with a one under par 35.
Freshman Dean Harpe, who in only a month on the varsity team has already made a big name for himself, finished at 38.
Tyler Apps posted a 39 and Anthony Smith came in at 42.
Just three days prior to the Holbrook match, the Horns added an impressive 155-157 win over Valley Christian to their credentials.
“It was a good team effort against a strong VC team,” Morse said.
Apps paced the Horns with a team-low 36 that earned him co-medalist honors along with VC’s Gavin deFisser.
“He (deFisser) knows the course (Chaparral Pines) well, as his family has a home there,” said Morse.
In addition to Apps’ tally, Kelley’s 37 and a pair of 41s from Smith and Harpe paced the Horn effort.
Kelsey Bossert scored a 42, which was the low round of her high school career.
The tally vs. VC was also the second of five qualifying scores to earn a berth into the Division III state tournament.
In junior varsity action at Holbrook, the Longhorns made their 2012 debut defeating both Mogollon and the homestanding Roadrunners.
Tyler Croy, playing from the white tees, finished with a career low 38 and Mason Ridley tallied a 48.
The varsity returns to action March 17 in Thatcher.