Tyler Apps, left, a Payson High School senior, capped his prep career in glowing fashion by finishing as the boys gold medalist in the 2012 Thunderbird High School Senior Classic. Senior Anthony Smith, right, also represented the Longhorn state runner-up team in the tournament carding an 84.
Payson High School senior Tyler Apps capped his prep career in glowing fashion finishing as the boys gold medalist in the 2012 Thunderbird High School Senior Classic.
Playing May 20 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.
Devon Montoya of Gilbert Mesquite took runner-up honors with a three under par 69.
Payson High senior Anthony Smith also represented the Longhorn state runner-up team in the tournament carding an 84.
The Phoenix Thunderbirds and the Junior Golf Association of Arizona sponsor the annual tournament.
Each of the seniors selected to play received a new golf bag.
On May 11-12 at Antelope Hills near Prescott, Apps paced the Longhorns to the silver medal state showing, finishing at 74 on both days for a 148. That score tied him for fifth on his two-day total. However, Arizona Interscholastic Association officials used the second day, back nine score to break the tie, which relegated Apps to sixth.
Also at state for Payson, Dean Harpe carded 156, Jeffrey Kelley finished at 156 and Smith turned in a 165.