The Payson Men's Golf Association opened season play on the road March 10 against the Beaver Creek Golf Course Men's Association. The course is located near Camp Verde.
A total of 30 PMGA members participated in three flights.
In flight A, former high school basketball coach-turned-rancher Troy Neal warmed up for the new season by winning low-gross honors with a card of 79.
In the flight's low-net scoring, Ted Walls' 67 was good enough for first place. Frank Szakal finished second with a 68.
Ed West took Flight B low-gross laurels with an 81. Low-net winners included first place Wayne Berry (73) and runner-up Ralph Lindo (73). Berry was declared champ on a scorecard playoff.
In flight C, Jack Gibbs won the low-gross crown with an 87. Low-net laurels went to Harry Scott (68) and Tom Fox (69).
In the closest-to-the-pin contests, the Beaver Creek players' familiarity with their home course led them to winning on all but one hole.
Tom Fox was the lone PMGA member to pocket prize money shooting closest on the 157-yard hole 16.
The PMGA has issued an invitation for local golfers to join the club. Membership applications are available at the Payson Golf Course. The fee is $50 per year.