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Havasu golfers roll to win over Copper Canyon

September 7, 2018

LITCHFIELD PARK — Lake Havasu junior Cody Ayers shot an even par 36 to earn medalist honors and the Knights placed the top two golfers in a dual with Copper Canyon on Thursday at Falcon Golf Course.

Ayers birdied the par-4 third hole and scored seven pars to score his 36. His only bogey came on the par-3 sixth, a 218-yard hole that borders the runway for Luke Air Force Base.

“If you can contend with the jet fighters flying by every 3 1/2 minutes or there were three different earth movers redesigning the pond in the middle of the course. It was right next to hole No. 6,” Havasu coach Mike Washington said.

“It was a test of focus and being able to block out external factors and being able to focus on the shot.”

Knights junior Daniel Dion was just behind him in second place at 3-over 39. Dion carded six pars but bogeyed three of the four longest holes on the course before finishing with a par on the par-5 ninth.

Noah Elias shot 8-over in another top five finish for the Knights. Lane Daigle was 19-over and Gavin Lintz 22-over in the first varsity match for both.

Copper Canyon’s top finisher, senior Hector Nevarez, finished in a tie with Dion at 3-under, while Timothy Waggoner finished 9-over, Juan Araiza at 16-over and Devon Chavez at 27-over.

“Cody, Noah and Daniel have all had experience at this level,” Washington said. “Cody, especially played really well. He got lucky on a couple of bounces and poor shots that turned out pretty good.

“Daniel recovered well from yesterday’s round. Noah just lost a couple of strokes here and there that added up to 8.

“Those are the three guys we’re counting on this year.”

The Knights are racking up the miles this week, playing their third match in four days today at Cerbat Cliffs for the Kingman Invitational.

“It think we can surprise some people with the way we play as a team,” Washington said.

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