Althoff, Neal Tie In Ham-Am Tournament


More than 40 members of the Payson Men's Golf Association shrugged off last week's searing 100-degree heat to participate in a Ham-Am tournament.

According to PMGA member John Calderwood, each foursome in the tournament was composed of an A, B, C and D player. The team's tally was compiled by using the A player's best net tally on each hole. The B, C and D players played two-man best ball with the A player. Each competed in his own flight, Calderwood said.

In flight A (handicaps from 5 to 10), Troy Neal and Ken Althoff tied for top honors with a 52. On a scorecard playoff, Neal was awarded first and Althoff fell to second.

Neal turned in the best gross round of the tournament shooting a four-under-par 67 to help his team of Dick Romig, Bud Rummond and Tony Legault finish first.

Also in A flight, Greg Williams was third posting a 55.

The B flight competition drew players with handicaps from 13 to 16 and was hotly contested as evidenced by a three-way tie involving Tom Harris, Dick Romig and Ralph Lindo.

On another scorecard playoff, Harris was first, Romig second and Lindo third.

In C and D flights for players with 16 to 19 and 20 to 35 handicaps, no scorecard playoffs were needed. With a 57, Bud Drummond was first in C play. Tony Mularski (58) was second and Ed Flores (62) third.

Tony LeGault won the D flight title, carding a 56. Trailing were runners-up Morris Kropf (58) and Norm Boettcher (60).

In the-closest-to-the pin competition, Harry Sogan pocketed $20 of prize money winning on holes eight and 17.

On the 157-yard eighth hole, his lie was 1 foot, 10 inches shy of the flag.

His tee shot on the 140-yard 17th hole, left him 10 feet, 10 inches away from an ace.

"He was the big winner of the day," Calderwood said.

Other winners were Greg Williams (# 5: 2 feet, 9 inches) and Jim Cox (#14: 4 feet, 11 inches).

The PMGA members return to the links Wednesday in an interclub meet at Prescott Country Club. The members travel to the Snowflake Country Club Aug. 2.

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