Golfers Trade Wins With Fountain Hills Duffers

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The Longhorns continued their bitter battle against the Fountain Hills Falcons golf team this weekend in Fort McDowell.

The teams have traded wins since the season started.

After a loss March 18, the Horns came back to beat the Falcons twice. This weekend, however, Fountain Hills took home the win by just two strokes.

Team spokesperson Rene Apps said the Horns played well despite no experience on the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s back nine.

The varsity team was scheduled to take on Fountain Hills and Florence on the front nine, but due to a glitch by the starter, the match was moved to the back nine. Neither Payson nor Fountain Hills had ever played those holes.

“Although the day was beautiful, the round was a little more challenging,” she said. “Playing from the championship tees and putting on some really fast greens besides trying to figure out the-lay-of-the-land (was difficult), nonetheless, the team still did well.”

Payson finished second with a score of 175, while Fountain Hills shot 173 and Florence 219.

The individual medalist for the event was Ty Yoder of Fountain Hills hitting on par with a score of 36.

For Payson, Dean Harpe finished with a respectable 37 and Jeff Kelley 40.

Mason Ridley turned in a 48, Kelsey Bossert a score of 50 and Clayton White 63.

Up next for the Horns is trip to Prescott Tuesday against Chino, Fountain Hills and Safford at Antelope Hills. Tee time is 2 p.m.

Then on April 19-20, the team will attend the River Valley Invitational at Los Lagos Golf Course.

Junior Varsity

While Fountain Hills edged out a win against the varsity Horns, the junior varsity team had no problem continuing its undefeated winning streak this weekend.

JV took on Northwest Christian and Valley Christian at the Union Hills Golf Course, finishing with a team score of 186 — 17 and 36 shots better than the competition.

Northwest Christian finished with a score of 203 and Valley Christian tallied 222.

Leading the match was Payson’s Tod McCarthy, with a score of 41.

Runner-up bragging rights go to Austin Moss and Hunter Harrison with scores of 44.

In addition, Chris Wacker had a score of 53 and Ben Myer 54.

Up next for JV is a trip to Cottonwood to take on Camp Verde at the Pine Shadows Golf Course Monday.

Then on April 23, the team will play Blue Ridge at an undetermined location.

It will be the last event of the season for JV.

“Big thanks to Coach (Jim) Palma, Joanne Travis and others for your assistance with the JV team,” Apps said. “Let’s keep the streak going JV.”

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