With the Payson Men's Golf Association's four most prestigious tournaments on the horizon, members are tuning up in a series of low-gross/low-net, mixed and select drive showdowns.
According to PMGA member Bud Drummond, the most anticipated tournaments of the golf season are the Two Man Best Ball Championship (June 25), the Club championship (Aug. 20) the Two Man Scramble State Qualifier (Sept. 17) and the President's Cup (Oct. 1).
Association members had the opportunity to prep for those clashes June 5 in a low-gross, low-net tournament played at Payson Golf Course.
Low-gross winners in the four flights were John Pauley (first flight), Jack Greenshield (second), Tom Mallett (third) and John Calderwood (fourth). Pauley and Greenshield finished at 76, Mallett had an 81 and Calderwood carded an 86.
For Mallett, the day turned into an outing he won't soon forget. In addition to winning third-flight honors, Mallett pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on holes No. 5 (2 feet, 3 inches) and No. 17 (2 feet, 10 inches).
In first flight low-net play, Don Castleman finished first with a 67 and Benny Burns tallied a 68 to take second place.
Championship laurels in second flight low-net play was won by Tim Ernst (61). With a 64, Roger Poole was second.
In the third flight, Hugh Templeton (62) out-dueled runner-up Don Nicholas (86) for the gold medal.
The highlight of the tournament occurred in fourth flight low-net play when Bob Gardner finished with a 53. With a 69, Tom Eaglesham was second.
Closest-to-the-pin winners in addition to Mallett were John Peel (No. 2; 17 feet, 2 inches), Armand Werle (No. 8; 6 feet, 7 inches) and Don Castleman (No. 14; 7 feet).
In a PMGA and Payson Women's Golf Association mixed tournament played May 30, the team of Benny Burns, Billie Gibbs, Herb Sherman and Armand Werle tallied a 109 to win top honors.
According to Drummond, the poker scoring format included calculating "one net score on the par 5s (holes), two net scores on the par 4s and three net scores on the par 3s."
With a 110, the foursome of Gary Valpon, Tom Castas, Jack Gibbs and Kay Davis finished second.
Frank Karnes, Dick Ceyler, John Calderwood and Judy Neal captured third with a 121.
Closest-to-the-pin winners among the men players were Herb Sherman (No.5, 16 feet, 2 inches) and Benny Burns (No. 8; 10 feet, 8 inches). Women's winners were Sharon Valpon (No. 14; 17 feet, 6 inches) and Mary Jones (No. 17; 5 feet, 8 inches).
In a select drive, ABCD formatted tournament May 28, John Pauley, Syd Gee, Jim Furimsky and John Calderwood tallied a 182 to finish first.
The second place team -- Gary Valpon, Jim Dalgleish, Armand Werle and Don Nicholas -- tallied a 190.
One stroke behind the runners-up was the foursome of Jack Greenshield, Tony Mularski, Victor Kostecki and Bob Hendrie.
Closest-to-the-pin winners on the day were Gary Valpon (No. 2; 23 feet, 2 inches), Roger Poole (No. 5; 1 foot, 8 inches), John Pauley (No. 8; 6 feet), Don Kisseberth (No. 11; 9 feet; 9 inches) and Mike Curtis (No. 17; 10 feet, 8 inches).