Pmga Wraps Up Three-Way Tournament

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When members of three small-town men's golf associations gathered July 10 at Payson course, rain and lightening sent the frustrated players scurrying into the club house.

Because the tournament was never completed, members of the Williams, Verde Santa Fe and Payson associations decided to replay the event at a later date.

Aug. 2 at the Payson Golf Course, the rescheduled tournament was played without a hitch.

Low-gross honors were garnered by Ralph Lindo and Morris Kropf. Lindo won the title in the first flight by finishing with an 80. With a 92, Kropf captured second-flight laurels.

In first flight low-net play, Bud Drummond out-dueled runner-up Herb Sherman for first place. Both tallied a 69 but Drummond was awarded the gold medal on a scorecard playoff. In the second flight, Doug Talbot's 69 earned him top honors. With a 71, Don Nicholas was second.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Payson's Roger Pool won on No. 5 and Ralph Lindo was closest on No. 8. Poole finished 11 feet 3 inches away and Lindo was just 5 feet shy of the flag.

Ralph Mellen of Williams was closest on No. 2 (9 feet, 2 inches) and No. 17 (15 feet). On No. 14, Verde Santa Fe member Jim Huston won with a tee shot that was 15 feet, 5 inches away.

Next up for the PMGA is the final round of play, Aug. 14, in the annual club championship tournament. The opening round was played Aug. 7 at PGC.

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