Rayce Mathews shot 1-over par 144 to finish second in a 36-hole, two-day tournament at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott held April 26-27.

The Payson senior fired a career-low 3-under par 69 on the final day to finish two strokes back of Chandler Valley Christian medalist James Mackey (142). Mathews’ 69 was the low round of the tournament.

Mathews’ 144 was Payson’s lowest 36-hole score since Dean Harpe shot the same total to win the 2015 state tournament on the same course.

Colton Justice shot 34-over 83-94—177 to finish 33rd in the 110-person field.

Katie Sexton shot a personal-best nine (44) and 18-hole (92) scores en route to carding 44-over 95-92—187, which was the sixth best score by a girl.

Emme Sopeland continued her consistent play this season, finishing seventh among all girls with a 101-98—199 total.

Zane Bartlett shot his lowest nine-hole score of 45 on the first day and finished with a 101-99—200 total.

Payson placed eighth among 20 teams with a 135-over par total for the Longhorns’ best four scores.

“We beat three teams that are ranked higher than us in the state,” said Payson coach Randy Mathews. “If we can get to the finals, we can certainly compete.”

The Longhorns return to action on Monday and Tuesday in hopes of qualifying for the state tournament, scheduled for May 7-8 at Omni Tucson National.

Mathews wins final home match

Rayce Mathews played his final high school home golf match on April 24.

And the senior went out in style shooting 2-over par 37 on the front nine at Chaparral Pines Golf and Country Club to finish first in a four-team match.

Colton Justice carded 46, Katie Sexton shot her best round on the course with a 47 and Emme Sopeland rounded out the team scoring with a 54. Cyle Moss’ 58 was not counted.

Snowflake shot 30-over par to win. Blue Ridge (plus 41) was second, edging the Longhorns (plus 44) by three strokes. Arizona Lutheran finished fourth at 61 over par.

Contact the reporter at kmorris@payson.com

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