Although Payson High School Athletic Director Don Heizer was walking the fairways at Payson Golf Course to watch a Longhorn junior golf match, he left PGC impressed by some of the ongoing intangibles that often occur in high school sports.
“I really enjoyed watching the learning process as they went through the score card sign process and interactions,” the AD observed. “It was life applications of skills and knowledge from the classroom; it was very cool.”
In the season opener, which was played Feb. 27, the fledgling Longhorns emerged victorious in the three-way match with a card of 204.
Northwest Community was second at 228 and Camp Verde trailed with a 242.
Individually for Payson, Tod McCarthy took low medalist honors posting a 47.
McCarthy is one of the few players on the jayvee roster with playing experience, having seen some varsity action last season.
Also representing PHS in the opener were Clayton White (50), Ben Myer (52), Austin Moss (55), Hunter Harrison (59), Chris Wacker (63) and Brandy Woods (64). For Harrison, Wacker and Woods, the match marked their prep debut.
In the play-five score-four format, the teams played the front nine holes at PGC.
PHS varsity coach Denny Morse said he was extremely grateful to PGC owner Harry Parsons for extending the invitation to have the Longhorn players host a tournament there.
The varsity tees off the 2013 season at 2 p.m. today, March 5, at Chaparral Pines in a nine-hole tournament against a pair of teams, Gilbert Christian and Valley Christian, expected to contend for the Division III state championship.
While both the Christian schools are highly regarded around Arizona, PHS — the defending state runner-up — is also expected to field a formidable squad led by Jeffrey Kelley and Dean Harpe.