After having season-opening intra-club tournaments against Oak Creek and Beaver Creek postponed because of inclement weather, the members of the Payson Men's Golf Association took to the local course March 29 in a Nassau-formatted tournament.
Using net scoring by flight on the front nine, back nine and for total 18 holes, no player was allowed to win more than one portion of the scoring.
Longtime PMGA member John Calderwood said the unique tally system was used because the tournament was played in early season and tournament directors wanted to spread the winning honors around.
Jack Greenshield emerged as champion of the A flight carding a 64.
Front nine honors went to Harvey Baker with a 32. Ken Althoff's 33 was good enough for first place on the back nine.
In B flight, laurels went to Dick Harding (total; 65), Bill Overton (front, 32) and Don Kisseberth (back, 30) With a very impressive 60, John Calderwood was the C flight crown bearer. Other winners in the flight included Bill Nilsen (front, 32) and Tom Harris (back, 32).
Among the D flight participants, Jack Gibbs was the overall winner finishing at 63. Sporting a 31, Tom Fox turned in the low card on the front nine. Back side top gun honors were turned in by Roland Kruse (33). Closest-to-the-pin prize money was pocketed by Harvey Baker (#14, 1 foot, 8 inches), Tony Mularski (#17, 2 feet, 5 inches), Ralph Lindo (#5, 3 feet 5 inches) and Jim Jones (#8, 19 feet, 4 inches).
One week prior to the Nassau tournament -- following the initial disappointment of the cancellation of the two tournaments March 8 and 22 -- the PMGA members inaugurated the 2000 campaign with a breakfast and business meeting at the Masonic Lodge. After the breakfast, members adjourned to Payson Golf Course where they participated in a hotly contested scramble tournament.
The foursome of Ken Althoff, Donald Back, Wayne Berry and Norm Boettcher hooked up for a 59 that was good enough for the tournament title.
With a 62, John Pauley, Warren Mulcany, Tom Harris and T.G. Neely were second.
Third-place honors were garnered by Frank Szakal, Don Nyberg, Herb Sherman and Dick Roy.
The crew carded a 63. Harry Sogan, Frank Karnes, John Estabrook and Ward Johnson turned in a 64 to finish fourth.
Excitement for the day was provided by Hal Heckathorne who almost recorded an ace on the 153-yard 8th hole. His tee shot left him only 1 foot, 6 inches shy of the pin. Other closest-to-the-pin winners were John Pauley (#5, 3 feet, 10 inches), Don Nicholas (#17, 6 feet, 10 inches) and Dick Roy (#14, 9 feet, 9 inches).
The season-opening intra-club clashes against Oak Creek and Beaver Creek will be rescheduled for later this summer. Exact dates have not been decided upon, Calderwood said.
In addition to those tournaments, the 100-member strong PMGA has dates in Prescott, Antelope Hills, Quailwood, Verde Santa Fe and Williams.
Next fall, the members also travel to Show Low Silver Creek and Snowflake.