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The Payson High School golf team that will be advancing May 11 to state at Antelope Hills includes (L-R) Anthony Smith, Mason Ridley, Tyler Apps, Coach Bret Morse, Dean Harpe and Jeff Kelley.

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Payson among favorites to win championship

The Payson Longhorn Express, which is now steaming toward the Division III state tournament to be held May 11 and 12 at Antelope Hills near Prescott, wrapped up its regular season with a convincing three-team match win on May 3 at Pinetop. Currently, the Horns are one of 12 D-III teams that have earned an automatic qualifying berth by posting certain minimum scores at selected matches during the year. With the post-season looming, the Longhorns have played well enough all year long to be tagged one of the state championship favorites. Especially when it’s noted that the Horns posted eight scores that met Arizona Interscholastic Association qualifying standards or “target scores” in March and April.

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