Payson Golfers Win May 1 Invitational

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A five-team prep golf invitational played at White Mountain Country Club May 1 turned into a healthy dose of nostalgia when all six schools from the now-defunct Class 3A East Region showed up to rekindle old rivalries.

Battling as they did years ago when the region carried the nickname “Beasts of the East” players waged an all-out links war, knowing small town bragging rights were at stake.

In the end, Payson reigned supreme emerging with a 310. Show Low was second at 350 and Blue Ridge took third at 355.

Snowflake, once the dominant team in the East, had to settle for fourth at 356. With a 403, Holbrook trailed.

Individually, Dean Harpe was first at 73. Mason Ridley tallied a 74 and Jeff Kelley came in at 75. Tod McCarty posted an 88 and Katie Schouten tallied a 104. Kelsey Bossert was ill and did not play.

This season, the Horns have turned in a banner year taking first in three of the four tournaments in which they’ve competed. PHS was the gold medalist at the Thatcher, Snowflake and White Mountain Invitationals, but second at Wickenburg.

The Horns open pursuit of the Division III state tournament on May 10 at Antelope Hills near Prescott. The tournament continues the following day also at Antelope Hills.

Longhorn players had the opportunity on April 16 to preview the course in a three-way match involving Fountain Hills and Chino Valley.

Against Chino Valley, the Horns won 177 to 250 and whipped Fountains 177 to 180.

Ridley and Harpe finished as co-medalist with identical scores of 43.

Kelley turned in a 47 and Bossert posted a 47 to make up Payson’s four team scores.

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