Korth, Thompson Go To State

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Rick Korth and Ron Thompson will represent the Payson Men's Golf Association at the first round of the state tournament when it tees off Nov. 1 in Phoenix.

The Rim country pair earned the right to advance to the Arizona showdown by virtue of their first-place finish at the PMGA's state qualifying tournament Sept. 17 at Payson Golf Course. They carded a 58.9 to easily outdistance the runner-up team of John Pauley and Tim Ernst. The silver medalists finished at 63.

Tory Neal and Jim Colceri joined forces to win third place with a tally of 63.5.

Roger Poole and Don Castlemen earned fourth-place honors, posting a 67.

The 18-hole tournament format featured a two-man scramble in which a modified Oldsmobile handicap system was used to ensure the players were equally matched.

"The twosome's USGA handicap indexes had to be within 10 strokes," PMGA spokesman Bud Drummond said.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Colceri came within 3 feet, 1 inch of an ace on No. 17. Although he didn't get the hole-in-one, his tee shot was good enough to earn him prize money.

Syd Gee was closest on No. 8 with a lie that was 3 feet, 4 inches from the flag.

Other winners were Herb Sherman (No. 14; 10 feet, 7 inches), Ed West (No. 5; 4 feet, 8 inches) and Neal (No. 2; 18 feet, 6 inches).

The state qualifying tournament is one of four major frays the PMGA hosts each season. The final major tournament, the President's Cup, begins tomorrow (Wednesday) and wraps up Oct. 1.

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