Althoff Just Misses Another Ace


Less than two months after chalking up a hole-in-one, Payson Men's Golf Association member Ken Althoff almost duplicated the rare feat.

Participating in a PMGA-sponsored tournament April 11 at Payson Golf Course, his tee shot on No. 8 came up just 8 feet, 3 inches shy of another ace.

Although he wasn't able to add a second hole-in-one to his accomplishments, Althoff did pocket closest-to-the-pin prize money.

Calling any hole-in-one "99 percent luck," Althoff's ace came on par 3, No. 2 while using a 5-wood.

Other closest-to-the-pin winners in the tournament were Don Castleman (No. 2; 5 feet, 11 inches), Frank Szakal (No. 5; 6 feet, 3 inches), Tom Dahl (No. 8; 8 feet, 3 inches), John Pauley (No. 2; 7 feet, 7 inches) and Syd Gee (No. 5, 12 feet, 8 inches).

According to PMGA member Bud Drummond, the format was revised, just prior to tee-time, to be "an A, B, C and D team, best three of four net scores tournament."

In a blind draw for a team that had only three members, Hugh Templeton competed on two squads. That turned into a twist of good luck for Templeton who finished on both the first- and second-place teams.

Along with him on the championship squad were Dick Harding, Warren Mulcahy and Butch Krauss. The team carded a 184.

With a 188, Don Castleman, Don Kisseberth, Bob Gardner and Templeton were second. Posting a 191, Harry Sogan, Don Back, Victor Kostecki and Bob Hendrie won third-place laurels.

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