Pmga Is Feeling The Big Chill

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Cold, windy weather didn't slow the charge of Payson Men's Golf Association members in a low-gross, low-net tournament April 2 at Payson Golf Course.

Battling conditions that would send some duffers scurrying for cover, Chris Cumpton, Tom Mallett and Jack Gibbs swung their way to low-gross championships.

Carding a 76, Cumpton claimed the title in the first flight.

In addition to winning the flight, Cumpton's tee shot on No. 2 earned him closest-to-the-pin prize money. The shot was 30 feet shy of the flag.

Mallett's 84 was good enough for the second flight low-gross championship. With a 72, Gibbs won the third flight.

In the first flight, low-net format, Harry Sogan claimed the title with a 70. On a scorecard playoff, John Pauley beat Ken Althoff for the runner-up slot. The two wrapped up play with identical tallies of 73.

Doug Talbot won the second flight low-net title finishing with a 67. The biggest competition was provided by runner-up Larry Baker (68) and bronze medalist Tom Castas (70).

In the third flight, PMGA veteran John Calderwood turned in a 73 to win the low-net title. After Armand Werle and Tony Legault tied for second with a pair of 74s, a scorecard playoff was called for. In the showdown, Werle was the silver medalist.

Although Herb Sherman didn't claim any low-gross or low-net honors, his two closest-to-the-pin efforts might have made him the tournament's top money winner. His first came on No. 5, where he swatted to within 9 feet, 6 1/2 inches of the flag. On No. 17, his tee shot was 10 feet, 5 inches short.

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