Pmga Tees Off Summer Golf Season


A kickoff breakfast, business meeting and four-man scramble highlighted the Payson Men's Golf Association opening day March 20 at Payson Golf Course.

The event featured four-man teams made up of one player from A, B, C and D skill levels.

Because the back nine holes at the course are being renovated, the 18-hole tournament had to be played twice on the front nine.

When the results were in, the team of Frank Szakal, Tom Mallett, Don Gyde and Tom Flores won first place.

In addition to being a member of the winning team, Szakal pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money during second-round play on hole No. 2.

Second-place team honors went to Tom Dahl, Norm Boettcher, Jim Furmisky and Jim Dalgleish.

John Pauley, John Peel, Armand Werle and Bob Hendrie finished third.

Closest-to-the-pin winners on the par 3 first-round holes included Dean Bulkey (hole No. 2), Bud Drummond (hole No. 5) and Ross Robertson (hole No. 8).

In the second round, John Pauley was closest on No. 5 and PMGA president Don Castleman was the winner on No. 8.

The PMGA members return to action tomorrow (Wednesday) at Payson Golf Course in a "select drive, two-best balls" formatted tournament. Drummond said the tournament will be played in foursomes, but scores will be tabulated on the tallies of the two players from each team who have the best drives off the tee.

"This is different, but we don't want these tournament (formats) to become too complicated, otherwise the guys won't know what they are doing," Drummond said.

In addition to weekly tournament play throughout the summer, PMGA members will be hooking up with their PWGA counterparts for coed tournaments to be played the last Friday of each month at PGC.

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