Longtime Payson High School golf coach Bret Morse, also a former offensive and defensive coordinator on two Longhorn state championship football teams, is calling his link squad’s winning efforts April 30 in a four-way match at Fountain Hills, “a very solid performance.”
Also, he says, the win could help “keep the team chemistry and momentum rolling into the state tournament on May 11 and 12.”
At Fountain Hills, pitted against the host Falcons, Estrella Foothills and Valley Christian, the Horns strung together a 149 to win the tournament going away.
Runner-up Fountain Hills posted a 157, Estrella turned in a 169 and VC did not receive a team score because it did not have the minimum number of players.
Individually, the Falcons’ Griffin Peters took advantage of his familiarity with the team’s home course to tally a one-under-par 34 and win low medalist honors.
Jeffrey Kelley paced the Payson effort with a team-low 35.
A trio of Longhorns — Tyler Apps, Dean Harpe and Anthony Smith — carded identical scores of 38.
Mason Ridley turned in a 46 and Kelsey Bossert finished at 44.
The Horns returned to action yesterday, May 3, in an 18-hole match at White Mountain Country Club. (Results not available at press time). The tournament was their final regular season match before the state tournament tees off at Antelope Hills near Prescott.