Men's Golf Play Heats Up The Fairways

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Links action turned fast and furious for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association during an individual low-gross and low-net formatted tournament held June 16 at Payson Golf Course.

Among the low gross winners in the four flights were Troy Neal (75), Dick Harding (77), Len Niedens (87) and Jack Gibbs (92).

In first flight low-net play, Don Castleman was first, Frank Szakal second and John Pauley third. Castleman finished at 65, Szakal carded a 67 and Pauley turned in a 69.

Frank Karnes took first in the second flight with a 67. Runnerup Gary Campbell also tallied a 67, but fell to second on a tiebreaker.

"We used the score on the last nine holes (as the tiebreaker)," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said.

With a 68, Doug Talbot was third in the flight.

Third-flight low-net honors were garnered by Herb Sherman who heated up the course to a 68. Russ Morris and Peter Foster tied for second with identical scores of 69. On the tiebreaker Morris took second and Foster third.

Bob Hendrie won the fourth flight, posting a 65.

For the third time in the tournament, the tiebreaker rule had to be used in deciding second and third place in the flight.

Jim Furmisky and Sil Egler both finished at 69, but Furimsky claimed second by virtue of his score on the last nine holes.

Furimsky also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 2 where his tee shot rolled to within 18 feet, 11 inches of the flag.

Other winners were Doug Bailey (No. 5; 2 feet, 10 inches), Armand Werle (No. 14; 2 feet, 2 inches), and Waring (9 feet, 4 inches).

The PMGA members return to Payson Golf Club June 22 for a "select drive ABCD three best balls" tournament.

According to Ceyler, the highlight of the summer season occurs July 6 and 13 when the PMGA hosts its two-man best-ball championship.

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