The Payson High School golfers turned in a real team effort to amass its fourth state-qualifying score in five matches this season on March 25 at Chaparral Pines.
Six Longhorns shot within four strokes of each other as PHS carded 166, just two strokes under the 168 stroke standard. Phoenix Northwest Christian shot 180.
Dean Harpe shared medalist honors with NWC’s Rex Carrell with 40s. Mason Ridley and Mitchell McGuire also notched individual state-qualifying rounds by shooting 41s.
Tod McCarthy shot 43, but his score wasn’t used in the play-five, count-four format.
Ben Myer and Clayton White carded 44s for PHS.
Coach Denny Morse praised the play of Myer, White and McCarthy. “For these three to play with the consistency they have, particularly on a course as difficult as Chaparral Pines, bodes well for the rest of the season.”
Teams and individuals need to post five state-qualifying scores to earn a berth in the Division 3 state tournament May 16-17 at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott.
PHS has several more opportunities to record the final team qualifying score, beginning with today’s 2 p.m. nine-hole match at Torreon Country Club in Show Low. Payson is scheduled to participate in the 36-hole Wickenburg Invitational on Friday and Saturday. That event features 16 teams, including three of the top five from last year’s state tournament.
The March 25 match was PHS’s second and final home match of the season. Morse said no other team in the state enjoys the privilege of playing home matches on such outstanding courses as Chaparral Pines and The Rim Club.
“The Horns are grateful to claim Chaparral and The Rim Club as their home courses,” the coach said. “We want to give a big thank you to Steve Loy and his incredible staff.”