The format of the Payson Men's Golf Association weekly tournament was highlighted by team members hitting alternate shots throughout the 18 holes.
According to PMGA member Dick Ceyler, in the "Two-Man Team Alternate Shot" low-net tourney April 27 at Payson Golf Course, each team member teed off and then were allowed to select the best drive.
From that lie, "the players then alternated shots until the ball was finally holed out," Ceyler said.
In the first flight, Tony Mularski and Terry Lindsey hooked up to take first place with a card of 68.2. Not far off the winning pace was the runner-up team of Tim Ernst and John Pauley who finished at 70.9. In third with a 71.5 was the team of Gary Campbell and Lenny Niedens.
Second flight action was dominated by the team of Herb Sherman and Warren Mulcahy with a winning score of 64.3. Doug Talbot and Gene Howell posted a 67.3 to finish second. Jack Gibbs and Tony Legault's 71.2 earned them third-place laurels.
In the closest-to-the-pin contest, Gary Vaplon pocketed prize money on No. 2 with a tee shot that rolled to within 16-feet, 1-inch of the flag.
Pauley, a former golf and football coach at Tempe High School, was closest on No. 5 with a blast that was within 13-feet, 5-inches of the pin.
Other winners included Russ Morris (No. 8, 3-feet, 5-inches), Sil Egler (No. 14; 9-feet, 10-inches) and Howell (No. 17; 2-feet).
In a PMGA low-net clash April 20 at PGC, Ernst, Mularski, Morris and Egler won top honors in the four flights.
Ernst claimed the first flight with a 61, Mularski won the second tallying a 64, Morris posted a 64 in the third and Egler was top gun in the fourth with a 64.
Second-place finishers were Ken Althoff (first; 65), Mulcahy (second; 65), Ceyler (third; 65) and Don Nicholas (fourth; 67).
Bronze-medal winners were Pauley (first; 66), Dick Harding (second; 66), John Peel (third; 68) and Bob Hendrie (fourth; 70).
The single highlight of the day was Pauley's tee shot on No. 17 that was just 3 inches shy of an ace.
Any players interested in joining the PMGA should call Ceyler at (928) 468-0933.