A pair of top-notch Rim Country golf teams have qualified to participate in the Arizona State championships played later this year at a Valley area course. The father and son squad of Kevin and Brandan Kelley qualified by virtue of their first place finish in the gross scoring at a scramble tournament held Aug. 19 at Payson Golf Course.
On the same day, the team of Tim Ernst and Jack Greenshield qualified for the state showdown by taking first in the net scoring.
"Both will represent the Payson Men's Golf Association at the state tournament," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said.
In the low gross scoring, the Kelly team carded a 58 to out-duel the runner-up duo of Jessie Smith and Chris Cumpton who posted a 62.
Ernst and Greenshield also finished at 62, but fell to third on a scorecard playoff.
In the net scoring, Ernst and Greenshield were top guns at 54.2. The Kelleys took second with a 54.3. Frank Karnes and Tom Dahl were third with a 54.5.
In the closest to the pin competition, the winners were Brandan Kelley (No. 2; 13 feet, 5 inches), Don Castleman (No. 5; 3 feet, 8 inches), Tony Mularski (No. 14; 4 feet, 1 inch), Greenshield (No. 17; 7 feet, 2 inches) and Smith (No. 8; 2 feet, 4 inches).