Payson Longhorns Fend Off Falcons

Contributing to the 149-168 victory were Kelsey Bossert and the rest of the team.

Contributing to the 149-168 victory were Kelsey Bossert and the rest of the team. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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“Take that Falcons,” is what Payson High School golf team members could have been boasting after avenging their only defeat of the year by whipping Fountain Hills 149-168 in a three-way match at Chaparral Pines.

But by all accounts, the golf team members aren’t chest-pounding type athletes, so they are probably just reveling in the thrill of victory.

Looking back, we remember on March 18 at the Eagle Mountain course near Fountain Hills, the homestanding Falcons edged Payson by seven stokes. That was the high flyin’ Horns’ only loss this season.

In the repeat match March 27 on the Longhorns’ home course, Payson enjoyed a healthy dose of revenge, shooting down the Falcons by 19 strokes.

Wickenburg also participated in the links showdown, but wasn’t much of a threat, posting a 185.

Individually for PHS, Jeff Kelley and Dean Harpe paved the way to the upset over the Falcons tying for low medalist honors with identical scores of 35.

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Dean Harpe along with Jeff Kelley paved the way to the upset over the Falcons tying for low medalist honors with identical scores of 35.

Mason Ridley also had a tournament to write home about shooting a career low 36. Tod McCarthy turned in Payson’s fourth qualify team score — a very commendable 43. Kelsey Bossert (52) and Clayton White (54) also represented PHS in the match.

While the varsity was showing off their considerable wares at Chaparral Pines, the junior varsity was playing a nine-hole match against Camp Verde at Payson Golf Course.

The jayvees survived 208 to 250 to remain undefeated this season.

Ben Myer played his way to low medalist honors with a 46.

Austin Moss (52), Hunter Harrison (53), Chris Whacker (57) and Katie Schouten (52) played for the junior Horns.

The varsity returns to action today, April 5, and tomorrow to defend the Wickenburg Invitational title the Horns won last season in dramatic fashion. Trailing Valley Christian by 15 strokes after the first day of the 2012 tournament, the Longhorns rallied on the second day to overtake VC and win 612-637.

Two players, Kelley and Harpe, who are members of the 2013 team, sparked the come-from-behind win. Kelley shot a two-day total of 147 and Harpe finished at 152. The team’s 18-hole card of 294 set a school record, breaking the previous standard of 297.

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