After watching Frank Karnes' tee shot fall less than an inch short of a hole in one, longtime Payson Men's Golf Association member John Calderwood enthusiastically tagged it "certainly the best shot of the tournament."
The 137-yard drive on the par 3 17th hole at Payson Golf Course was left hanging on the lip, Calderwood said.
Karnes said he thought the ball was going to fall in for the second ace of his golf career. "It was tracking right on."
Karnes' only hole in one was recorded in 1982 on a California golf course. Although Karnes didn't chalk up a second career ace, he did pocket closest-to-the-pin prize money for the ever-so-close effort.
The super shot was the highlight of the day's play but it didn't earn Karnes a top-two finish in any of the four flights of the tournament played June 28. Participating with PMGA members were visiting linksters representing Verde Santa Fe Men's Association.
In the low-gross scoring, John Pauley won A flight, Tom Harris the B honors and Bill Nilsen took the C laurels. Rounding out the winner's parade was Calderwood's victory in D Flight.
Pauley finished at 75, Harris 79, Nilsen 85 and Calderwood 83.
In the low-net scoring, Marty Martinez's 65 was good enough to win the A flight crown over runner-up Richard Harding, who also finished at 65. Martinez was declared the winner on a scorecard playoff.
Bill Schofield copped the B flight title with a 67. Carding a 70, Ralph Lindo was second.
Among the C players, another scorecard play-off was needed to declare Roland Kruse (65) first and Robert Schmidt (65) the runner-up. D flight low-net honors went to Tom Eaglesham with a 62. Victor Kostecki (65) finished second.
In the closest-to-the-pin competition on the 132-yard fifth hole, Hugh Templeton took top honors by finishing 5 feet 10 inches shy of the flag.
Next up for the PMGA is a July 12 trip to Oak Creek Country Club where the locals will take on the men's association.