Pmga Battles Unfamiliar Course And Strong Winds In Prescott

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Battling strong, gusty winds on Prescott's Antelope Hills Golf Course, where greens were recently plugged and sanded, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association struggled in an interclub meet held Wednesday.

Handicapped by the adverse conditions and an unfamiliarity with the course, the Payson contingent was shut out in its bid to win closest-to-the-pin prize money on the four par-three holes.

Top PMGA honors in flight one low gross competition was taken by John Pauley, who carded an 81. In flight one low action, Frank Szakal (74) edged Troy Neal for first place by a single stroke.

In flight two, Frank Karnes took the low gross crown with an 88. Tom Harris and Ed Flores carded identical scores of 75 and tied for low net honors.

Jack Gibbs' 94 was good enough to win the flight three low gross crown. With a 70, Dean Bulkey took the low net title. T.G. Neely (78) was second.

One week prior to traveling to Antelope Hills, the PMGA had an interclub meet at Verde Santa Fe canceled due to the rain and snow that blanketed northern Arizona. That tournament was rescheduled for Monday. Results were not available at press time.

In an individual low net by flight tournament played April 14 at Payson Golf Course, Ted Walls won the A flight championship with a 66. Trailing in the closely knit field were Harvey Baker (67), Lee Kirtley (68) and Skip Herring (69).

In B flight, Jack Inman outdueled Ed West and Don Back for the title. Inman carded a 64, while West and Back each had 67s. West was declared the runner-up on a score card play.

In another playoff, Ross Robertson took the bronze in C flight over fourth-place finisher Don Nicholas. Both turned in 74s. Steve Piller (72) was second and Richard Hauser (70) first.

The closest-to-the-pin competition saw Jack Gibbs pocket $10 in prize money after finishing only 1 foot, 5 inches away on hole eight. On hole five, Bob Drummond was closest with an effort that left him only 2 feet, 9 inches short.

Other winners were West (hole 17, 3 feet, 4 inches) and Jim Jones (hole 14, 5 feet).

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