Back 9 Open At Payson Golf Course

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For the first time this season, the Payson Men's Golf Association was able to conduct its weekly tournament on all 18 holes at Payson Golf Course.

Because the back nine holes were being renovated at PGC, all 18-hole events were previously played twice over the front nine.

In an individual low-net by flight shoot-out April 17, John Pauley, Troy Neal and Dick Harding all carded lows of 68 in the first flight.

In a scorecard playoff, Pauley was first, Neal second and Harding third.

In flight two, Roger Poole (70) claimed first, Dick Ceyler (70) was second and Ed West (71) third.

Flight three honors were doled out to champion Hugh Templeton, runner-up Victor Kostecki and bronze medalist Butch Krauss. All turned in 74s, creating another scorecard playoff.

In flight four, Don Nicholas' 66 was good enough for top honors. With a pair of 70s, Ross Robertson was second and Sid Egler third.

In the battle for closest-to-the-pin prize money, Harvey Baker's tee shot that landed just 2 feet, 1 inch shy of hole No. 8 was the best of the tournament.

Other closest-to-the-pin winners included Harvey Baker (No. 2; 28 feet, 5 inches), Ed West (No. 5; 11 feet, 3 inches), John Pauley (No. 14; 10 feet, 11 inches) and Jack Greenshield (#17; 5 feet, 8 inches).

Tomorrow (Wednesday) the PMGA will travel to Quailwood for an interclub meet. April 26, the association will host a mixed men's and women's tournament at PGC.

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