Links Season Over For Pmga

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The 2002 golf campaign has wrapped up for the 100-plus members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

The end was officially signaled Friday evening during a traditional awards ceremony and dinner held at Mario's restaurant. There, newly elected PMGA John Pauley presided over the evening's festivities.

"We won't be meeting again until our (kick off) breakfast next March," said longtime PMGA member Bud Drummond.

The association's final tournament, held Oct. 30 at Payson Golf Course, turned into fierce competition that was won by the foursome of Zeke Szakal, Larry Baker, Victor Kostecki and Bob Hendrie.

The tournament format for the season-ending fray "was an ABCD team select drive in which the best ball was picked off the tee and each player played their own (ball) from there in," Drummond said.

Also in the handicap format, the two best net scores from all holes were tabulated for each team.

The winning foursome carded a 118.

With a 122, the crew of Rick Korth, Jim Dalgleish, Harold Heckathorne and Don Nicholas were runner-ups.

John Waring, Roger Poole, Dean Bulkley and Don Gyde finished third at 123.

In the closest to the pin competition, Dick Harding's tee shot on No. 8 rolled to within 3 feet, 8 inches of an ace.

Other prize money winners were Harry Sogan, No. 17, 8 feet, 11 inches; John Calderwood, No. 14, 8 feet; Tom Mallett, No. 5, 12 feet, 9 inches; and Korth, No. 2, 17 feet, 2 inches.

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