Tom Castas has played his way to the championship of the Payson Men's Golf Association President's Cup tournament.
The annual fray, contested Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 at Payson Golf Course, is one of four major tournaments the PMGA hosts each season.
Castas carded a 59 on the first day and a 65 on the second for a overall tally of 124.
His card was two strokes better than that of runner-up Gary Valpon (126). With a 127, Dick Ceyler was third.
Castas and Ceyler were aligned in the third flight. Valpon played in the second flight.
The tournament was contested in a combined individual low net format on both days.
At the end of the first day, Jim Colceri led the first flight charge with a 64. Posting a 65, Troy Neal was runner-up.
In the second flight, Dick Harding and Valpon were third for first with identical scores of 62.
Castas' 59 was good enough for top honors in the third flight. Ceyler was second with a 61.
In the fourth flight, John Calderwood (54) held a commanding lead over runners-up Jim Furimsky and Ward Johnson. Both finished at 64.
Closest-to-the-pin prize money winners included Neal (No 2; 12 feet, 3 inches), Roger Poole (No. 5; 8 feet 1 inch), John Waring (No. 8; 6 feet, 5 inches), Larry Baker (No. 14; 6 feet, 7 inches and John Pauley (No. 17; 4 feet, 2 inches).
In the first flight on the second tournament day, Tim Ernst carded a 60 to take top honors. Runner-up Don Castleman posted a 65.
In the second flight, Don Kisseberth (65) was first and Baker (67) second.
Hugh Templeton captured first place in the third flight with a 66. Only a stroke behind with a 67 was Dean Bulkley.
Bobby Bryant took first in the fourth flight carding a 60. A 64 from Jim Furimsky was good enough for second.
In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Jack Greensield's tee shot on No. 8 was just 2 feet, 10 inches shy of an ace. On No. 14, Castleman swatted to within 4 feet, 8 inches of the hole.
Other closest-to-the-pin winners included Warren Mulcahy (No. 2; 12 feet, 11 inches), Ed West (No. 5; 5 feet 7 inches) and Harding (No. 17; 9 feet, 10 inches).