Golfers Preparing For Prestigious Tournament

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Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association are tuning up for one of the most prestigious club tournaments of the season.

The 36-hole President's Cup, which will be played over the course of the next two weeks, features most all of the PMGA's finest golfers locked in head-to-head battles.

The 2005 tournament turned into a nail-biter when Tim Ernst rallied from third place to win the Cup with a card of 128.

In preparing for the 2006 fray, golfers met July 5 and 12 in a two-man best ball formatted event.

The team of John Calderwood and Don Gyde joined forces to take top honors with a 110.

Gyde also shined in the closest to the pin competition pocketing prize money on No. 14 where his tee shot rolled to within 6 feet, 1 inch of an ace.

The battle for runner-up honors in the tournament turned into a dead heat when Dick Harding/Frank Szakal tied Ed Flores/Tony Mularski. Both teams carded identical scores of 114.

In a scorecard playoff, Harding/Szakal took the silver medal and Flores/Mularski fell to third.

Among the best hole-in-one efforts of the day was chalked up by Russ Morris on No. 8 where he came up just 4 feet, 9 inches of scoring one of golf's gems.

Other closest to the pin winners included Ralph Lindo (No. 2; 14 feet, 1 inch), Tony Mularski (No. 5; 10 feet, 2 inches) and Dick Harding (No. 17; 6 feet, 5 inches).

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