Sometimes a hole in one is not a hole in one.
For proof, ask Payson Men's Golf Association member Don Nicholas.
In a two-man best-ball tournament May 19 at Payson Golf Course, Nicholas launched his tee shot on No. 8 par 3 directly into the hole. The amazing shot appeared to be an ace.
The only problem was that the shot was his second from the tee. His first shot went into the lake.
Nonetheless, it was the shot of the day, PMGA member Bud Drummond said.
Nicholas' spectacular shot wasn't the only highlight of the PMGA golfing week.
In an interclub tournament May 12 at the Verde Santa Fe Golf Club In Cottonwood, Doug Talbot chalked up a hole in one on No. 14. The ace was his second in the past five months.
"His first was in the off-season at Payson Golf Course," Drummond said.
In the interclub tournament, John Pauley won low-net honors in first flight with a card of 69. In the third flight, Hugh Templeton took second with a 69. Closest-to-the-pin winners included John Calderwood (No. 2; 5 feet, 10 inches) and Jim Pearson (No. 8; 2 feet).
In the two-man best ball fray, Pauley teamed up with Tim Ernst to win first flight honors with a net tally of 58.
The team of Larry Baker and Drummond tied with Gary Valpon and Frank Karnes for runner-up laurels. Baker and Drummond were awarded second place in a scorecard playoff.
In the second flight, Ralph Lindo and John Calderwood reigned supreme by carding a 54. Dean Bulkley and Nicholas posted a 60 to finish second. With a 61, Herb Sherman and Talbot were third.
Bobby Bryant and Don Gyde copped the third flight gold medal with a 57.
The battle for second turned into a dogfight between the teams of Ed West and Jim Furimsky and Tony Mularski and Bob Hendrie. The two tied for runner-up honors but in a scorecard playoff, West and Furimsky were declared silver medalists.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Jessie Smith (No. 2; 5 feet, 5 inches), Dick Harding (No. 8; 14 feet, 5 inches), Jim Dalgleish (No. 17; 1 feet, 6 inches), Ernst (No. 5; 6 feet, 7 inches) and Pauley (No. 14, 5 feet, 6 inches).