Pmga Locks Horns In Net-Gross Tournament


Troy Neal and Bud Drummond claimed first flight gold-medal honors in the Payson Men's Golf Association low-gross/low-net formatted tournament April 15 at the Payson Golf Course.

Neal won the low-gross championship with a 73. Drummond's 65 was good enough for the low-net title. The first flight was made up of players with handicaps ranging from four to 15.

In the battle for flight runner-up honors, Ken Althoff and Jim Colceri tied with cards of 69. On a scorecard playoff, Althoff was declared the silver medalist and Colceri fell to third.

Althoff also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 2 for his tee shot that left him 14 feet, 10 inches shy of the flag.

In B flight (handicaps 16 to 22), Warren Mulcahy won the low-gross title by carding an 82.

In a low-gross scorecard playoff, Doug Talbot staked claim to first place over runner-up Gary Valpon. Both finished at 67.

With a 70, Larry Baker was third.

Jim Furimsky (90) played his way to the low-gross title in the third flight (players 23 to 36 handicap). Don Nicholas was first in low-net scoring with a 64. Trailing were Sid Egler (second; 67) and John Calderwood (third; 69).

The thrill of the day was turned in on No. 14 where Tom Castas nearly shot a hole in one; it fell just 1 foot, 8 inches short of the hole.

Other closest-to-the-pin winners included Dick Harding (No. 17; 5 feet, 8 inches), Nicholas (No. 5; 7 feet, 6 inches) and Egler (No. 8; 5 feet, 8 inches).

Next up for the PMGA is a select drive two best balls, ABCD formatted tournament to be contested tomorrow (Wednesday) at PGC.

April 25, the PMGA and their counterparts from the PWGA will hook up for the first mixed tournament of the season.

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