Fradsen's Shot 'Very Rare,' Neal Wins The Tournament

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George Fradsen turned in the best played hole of the day last Wednesday in the Payson Men's Golf Association's most recent tournament.


Fellow PMGA member John Calderwood witnessed the feat.


"On the par 4 fourth hole, he used a No. 5 iron on his third shot which went into the hole for an eagle. With his two stroke handicap, he ended up with a net one triple eagle."


LPGA teaching pro Judy Whitehouse says the feat is an impressive one. "It's very rare," she said.


The tournament, played at Payson Golf Course, was scored on an individual high points by flight format.


Players recording net bogies received one point, net pars were worth two points and net birdies four points. Net eagles earned the contestant eight points.


In A flight competition, Troy Neal and Dan Castleman finished with identical tallies of 52. Neal was awarded first place in a scorecard playoff. Third place went to Frank Szakal with a 49.


In the B flight shoot-out, the top-three finishers included Don Back (50), Frank Karnes (49) and Ron Harte (47). Calderwood played his way to the C flight title, finishing with a 49. Trailing were runner-up Bill Nilsen (48) and bronze medalist Ed West (46).


In D flight play, Don Nicholas out-distanced the field carding a 57. Armand Werle's 54 was good enough for second-place laurels. With a 51, Morris Kropf was third. Closest-to-the-pin winners included Lee Kirtley (#14; 3 feet, 11 inches), Bob Drummond (#8; 4 feet, 6 inches and #5; 7 feet, 9 inches) and Bill Nilsen (#17; 7 feet, 11 inches).


Three of clubs

One week prior to the points by flight tournament, the members of the PMGA gathered at the local course for an individual low net by flights tournament. The format dictated players could use just three clubs of their own choice.


After watching the tournament, contestants turn in some very impressive scores, Calderwood reasoned, "the results make you wonder why so many golfers carry 12 to 14 clubs when they play."


Some of the best scores were recorded in the A flight where Frank Szakal topped all comers with a 70. His choices of clubs were a No. 3 wood, No. 8 iron and putter. Trailing Szakal were Roger Poole (71) and Dick Harding (73).


In B play, flight champion Lee Kirtley used a No. 3 wood, No. 7 iron and putter to finish with a 62. Don Back (64) was second and Bill Nilsen (66) third. Back made the unusual choice of not selecting a putter but rather settling for a No. 3 wood, No. 5 iron and No. 7 iron. Choosing a No. 5 wood, No. 7 iron and putter, Bob Schmidt won C flight honors tallying a 68. Hot on his heels were Jim Furimsky (72) and Butch Krauss (74).


Vic Kostecki was the only top-three tournament finisher to choose a No. 7 wood but put the club to good use finishing with a D flight winning total of 67. His other choices were a No. 6 iron and putter. Dick Roy (69) was second in the flight and Ross Robertson (70) third.


Best tee shot of the day was turned in by Dick Roy on the 125-yard 17th hole. There, he swatted to within 3 feet, 6 inches of the pin. Roy also pocketed prize money on #8 with an effort that left him just 10 feet, 6 inches shy. Other closest-to-the-pin winners included Jim Furimsky (#14; 5 feet, 7 inches) and Tom Harris (#5; 8 feet, 4 inches).

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