Former Tempe High School basketball coach turned Tonto Basin rancher Troy Neal put away his playbook and branding iron long enough to swing his way to the low-gross championship of an four-way golf tournament April 24 at Quailwood near Dewey. Carding a 69, Neal easily captured gold-medal honors in the first flight.
In the second flight, Payson's Herb Sherman topped all competitors with an 82. Roland Kruse finished at 87 to win third flight low-gross title.
In first flight low-net play, Dick Harding (61) was first and Frank Szakal (64) second.
A 65 from the clubs of Butch Krauss was good enough to earn him the low-net gold medal in the second flight. Also with a 65, Keith Boxberger was second on a scorecard playoff
In third flight low-net play, Ted Anderson (61) out dueled Payson Men's Golf Association Interclub Chairman John Calderwood (63) for laurels.
As the interclub chair, Calderwood directed the tournament that drew teams from Verde Santa Fe, Williams, Quailwood and Payson.
The next interclub tournament Calderwood has scheduled for the association is on the agenda for May 22 at Payson Golf course. Scheduled to participate are clubs from Prescott, Beaver Creek and Quailwood.