Troy Neal has turned in a bang-up Payson Men's Golf Association tournament finish that includes a gold medal and closest-to-the-pin prize money. The interclub showdown was Sept. 1 at Payson Golf Course and drew players from Quailwood Greens and Verde Santa Fe. Quailwood is in Dewey and Verde is located near Cottonwood.
Neal won the low-gross championship of the first flight with a card of 70. On No. 2, he lofted a tee shot that rolled to within 15 feet, 2 inches of the pin to earn him prize money.
Bud Drummond claimed the low-gross title in the second flight with an 83. He also took the closest-to-the-pin title on No. 5 finishing 2 feet, 7 inches shy of an ace.
With an 83, Charles Bruess won the third flight low-gross crown.
In the battle for low-gross honors in the fourth flight, Tom Eaglesham emerged victorious with a 95.
In the low-net battles among first flight entrants, Gary Vaplon was first and John Pauley second. Vaplon finished at 58 and Pauley had a 65. In the
second flight, Ralph Lindo and Dick Harding carded a pair of 69s. Lindo took first and Harding fell to second on a scorecard playoff. Although Harding had some tough luck in the playoff, he did win the closest-to-the-pin crown on No. 14 with a effort that left his ball just two feet away from the flag.
Pete Foster put together a round of 67 to win third flight low-net laurels. With a 68, Herb Sherman was the runner-up.
Jim McCutcheon tallied a 66 to win the fourth flight low-net title chase. A card of 69 earned Tony LeGault second in the flight.
PMGA players won all the closest-to-the-pin contests except on No. 8 where Ken Hicks of Quailwood captured honors with a lie of 3 feet, 5 inches.
Karnes wins PWGA crown
In an unusually formatted "Ones" PWGA tournament in which only scores on holes with numbers that start with O, N, E or S were counted, Joyce Karnes took first in A flight.
In flight B Alesha Calderwood edged runner-up Kay Davis for the crown. Calderwood also won the closest-to-the-pin competition on No. 14 where she was 16 feet, 6 inches shy of the flag.
In flight C. Blanche Nyberg was first and Glenda Cook second.
Wilma Smith won the flight D crown.
Sharon Vaplon pocketed closest-to-the-pin cash on No. 8 where she was 9 feet away from the hole.