Holes-In-One Easy To Come By At Golf Course

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The par 3, 123-yard hole No. 14 at Payson Golf Course is becoming a good-luck charm for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

In the club's past two tournaments, members have scored an ace on the hole. The most recent hole-in-one was chalked up May 22 by Leroy Robison who was participating in an interclub tournament involving Beaver Creek, Prescott, Quailwood and Payson.

One week earlier in a two-man best-ball PMGA tournament, Ed West tallied an ace on No. 14.

In the May 22 tournament, West nearly duplicated his hole-in-one this time on No. 17 where his tee shot came up just 5 feet, 4 1/2 inches shy of the hole.

For Robison, a PMGA member who lives in Mesa, the hole-in-one earned him closest-to-the-pin prize money, but wasn't good enough to garner low-gross or low-net honors in the four tournament flights. In the first flight, Troy Neal's 72 earned him a low-gross gold medal.

In a scorecard playoff, Jack Greenshield copped low-net honors over runner-up Frank Szakal. Both finished at 68.

In the second flight, Ralph Lindo claimed the low-gross championship with a 78.

Jim Dalgleish (64) was the flight's low-net champion, with a 66, Roger Poole was second.

C flight award winners included Bobby Bryant (low-gross; 89), Keith Boxberger (low-net champion; 69) and John Calderwood (low-net runner-up; 70).

In the fourth flight, Roland Kruse's 95 earned him the low-gross title.

Ross Robertson earned the low-net crown with a 68. Finishing at 69, Don Nicholas was second.

Closest-to-the-pin winners included Tim Ernst (No. 8; 8 feet, 2 1/2 inches), Lindo (No. 2; 17 feet, 11 inches) and Dalgleish (No. 5; 3 feet, 4 inches).

Next up for the PMGA members is a "Three Clubs and Putter" formatted tournament to be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at PGC.

Friday, the team plays a mixed tournament on the same course.

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