A long, hot day paid dividends for Scottsdale Desert Mountain and Horizon’s Blake Brown during the 2007 Brophy Grayhawk Golf Invitational at Scottsdale’s Grayhawk Golf Club.
Desert Mountain had three players shoot under 80 in the final round of the two-day tournament to win by six strokes over Glendale Mountain Ridge.
This despite nearly seven hours of play in 100-degree temperatures.
Meanwhile, Horizon finished third as Brown shot a 69 to finish at 110, three strokes ahead of Tucson Salpointe’s Robert Perrott.
For Desert Mountain, which entered the final day in third place, “It was a pretty exciting second day for us,” said assistant principal Trina Ganster, who served as coach in place of head coach Chris Thuman, who could not be at the completion of the tournament Saturday.
“It is a breakthrough,” Ganster said.
“The chemistry among them is fantastic and it is great to see high school kids playing like this, like a team in a sport that can be so much about the individual.”
Brandon Jaffe led Desert Mountain with a 116, while teammate Matt Farraye was one shot back and Matt Plummer and Mark Watkins were two shots back of Jaffe.
The win is particularly important for the confidence of Desert Mountain, which is participating in 5A Division I this year after moving up from 5A Division II.
The Wolves also beat two Desert Valley Region teams in Mountain Ridge and Phoenix Brophy in the weekend tournament.
For Horizon’s Brown, it was a chance to showcase his individual talents as he shoots for the 5A Division II individual title.
Last year, Brown, as a junior, finished sixth in 5A Division I.
“It boosts my confidence, especially after a first-day 41,” Brown said.
“I was even through the back nine and then went par, birdie, birdie, and I was able to just hang on.”
Tucson Salpointe’s Robert Perrott finished second, while Mesa Red Mountain’s Richie Kernagis finished four back of Brown in third place.
Brophy, which entered the second day in first, finished fourth.
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