Waring Wins First Club Crown

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Golfer John Waring will be clearing a place on his mantel for the trophy he won as the Payson Men's Golf Association Club champion.

Waring claimed the title by outdueling fellow PMGA member John Pauley in the A flight championship Aug. 18.

The Club Championship tournament, which is one of the highlights of the summer golf season, teed off in match play Aug. 4. Match play continued Aug. 11 before wrapping up with Waring's win.

In addition to head-to-head match battles, individual low-net tournaments were held for those eliminated in the match showdowns. Rick Korth won a post-tournament putting championship.

In B flight play of the club championships, Don Castleman finished first and Larry Baker was second.

Ed West claimed D flight laurels over runner-up Bobby Bryant.

Popeye Clay won the E flight crown over silver medalist Morris Kropf.

In the individual low-net play Aug. 18, Korth took the championship of the first flight with a card of 64. Finishing at 65, Ralph Lindo was second. Len Niedens (66) claimed third, Mike Curtis (68) was fourth and Benny Burns wrangled a fifth-place showing on a scorecard playoff against Ed Flores who was sixth.

In the second flight, the top finishers were Dean Bulkley (63), Gene Howell (65), Jim McCutcheon (67), and Jim Furimsky (69). In the battle for fifth, Pete Foster and Doug Talbot tied with identical scores of 71. Foster was awarded fifth and Talbot fell to sixth on the second scorecard playoff of the day.

Closest-to-the-pin winners were Jim Dalgleish (No 2; 9 feet, 1 inch), Dick Harding (No. 5; 13 feet, 2 inches and No. 17; 4 feet, 9 inches), Gene Howell (No. 8; 6 feet) and Ed Flores (No. 14; 7 feet, 11 inches).

In the individual low-net tournament Aug. 11, Ralph Lindo was first with a 67. Bulkey took second on a scorecard playoff against Bob Hendrie. Both finished at 68.

A scorecard playoff also propelled Bob Mulcahy to fourth and Don Gyde fell to fifth when the pair finished at 69.

Closest-to-the-pin winners were Larry Baker (No. 2; 39 feet, 3 inches), Tom Castas (No. 8; 7 feet, 2 inches) and Lindo (No. 5; 8 feet, 9 inches).

In the closest-to-the-pin competition Aug. 4, Pauley -- a retired high school golf and football coach -- pocketed prize money on No. 2 (15 feet, 9 inches) and No. 5 (6 feet, 9 inches).

Other winners were Armand Werle (No. 8; 2 feet, 4 inches), Bobby Bryant (No. 14; 9 feet, 11 inches) and Roger Poole (No. 17; 5 feet).

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