Payson Beats Oak Creek

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Facing a weather forecast that predicted heavy rains for the Rim country, only 10 members of the Oak Creek Men's Golf Association showed up for a July 14 interclub meet with Payson.

"We had only a small turnout due to the weather, but all the golfers managed to finish prior to a real gully-washer that hit the course," Payson Men's Golf Association member John Calderwood said.

The dominance of the Payson members -- 40 strong -- and their familiarity with the course resulted in the locals winning three of the four closest-to-the-pin contests.

Closest on the day was John Pauley, who swatted to within 2 feet, 3 inches of an ace on hole 14. Sid Gee was almost as close, finishing 2 feet, 10 inches away on hole 5.

Vic Kostecki pocketed prize money on hole 8 with a drive that left him only 4 feet, 11 inches shy.

The lone Oak Creek winner, Walt Evans, finished 7 feet, 8 inches away on hole 17.

In low-gross scoring by flights, Ralph Lindo took the first flight with a 74.

Other winners were Dick Harding (flight two; 81), Jack Gibbs (flight three; 90) and Tony LeGault (flight four; 84).

In low-net scoring, John Pauley and Ed Flores tied for laurels in flight one with identical scores of 66. Pauley was declared the winner on a scorecard playoff.

With a 66, Chuck Walker bested Wayne Little in flight two by a pair of strokes.

In flight three, Calderwood's 69 was good enough for the gold over runner-up John Peel (70). Vic Kostecki carded a 63 and copped the title in flight four. With a 65, Vince Correnti was second.

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