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Chino Valley High plays host to a tough foursome

Chino Valley golfer Tyler Gianfrancesco tees off on the first hole of the Antelope Hills Golf Course as they face Kingman, River Valley and Wickenburg Thursday afternoon in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/PNI)

Chino Valley golfer Tyler Gianfrancesco tees off on the first hole of the Antelope Hills Golf Course as they face Kingman, River Valley and Wickenburg Thursday afternoon in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/PNI)

Although Chino Valley High's golf team placed fourth in a four-way match at Antelope Hills Golf Course on Thursday, March 17, coach Jerry Behm was far from disappointed.

"This is the proudest I have been in my five years as the coach of Chino Valley High School," Behm said. "The team shot the lowest team score in my tenure."

Not only did the Cougars reach a scoring milestone under Behm, they faced three of the four highest-ranking foes they will battle during the regular season.

Playing on the South Course, second-year player Jared Minkus "exhibited his tenacity to be a competitive golfer," Behm said. A good example was Minkus making par on the eighth hole, a 176-yard par 3, with a 15-foot putt.

Chino Valley junior Jared Minkus sinks 15-foot putt on Hole 8 at Antelope Hills Golf Course on Thursday.

Chino Valley junior Jared Minkus sinks 15-foot putt on Hole 8 at Antelope Hills Golf Course on Thursday.

Minkus finished with a team-leading score of 42, just three shots off the winning score of Kingman Academy teammates Matthew Suh and Raphael Choi.

Last week against Camp Verde and Paradise Honors, Minkus experienced a "bad day every golfer experiences," Behm said, but he didn't let it get to him.

"Instead of developing a negative attitude about himself, he put a lot of 'range time' in this week to work on the aspects of his game he needed to improve," the coach added.

Also on Thursday for the Cougars, CJ Knight and Tyler Gianfrancesco carded 47s, with Rory Stupak contributing the fourth qualifying score of 48.

Sophomore Wyatt Dodds also had a good day in his first varsity match, Behm said. First-year player Kylee Rabe-Mazza, playing in the developmental foursome, "demonstrated she soon may be challenging for a qualifying spot on the team."

The final team scores in the four-way meet were as follows: 1. Kingman Academy, 167 points; 2. River Valley, 180; 3. Wickenburg, 183; and 4. Chino Valley, 184.

Chino Valley will move on and play host to Bagdad and Camp Verde at Antelope Hills at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

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