Three Golfers Turn To Tie For First, Playoff To Finish


The battle for second flight low net honors in a Payson Men's Golf Association tournament turned into a dogfight among a trio of members.

In the individual low gross and low net formatted fray held June 7 at Payson Golf Course, Dick Harding, Bill Cain and Gary Vaplon all finished at 66.

With three tied for first, tournament directors turned to scorecard playoffs to determine finishes.

Harding was eventually declared flight champion, Cain took second and Vaplon was the hard luck player who fell to third.

Gary Campbell carded a 79 to take low gross honors in the flight.

In the first flight, low gross scoring, Jessie Smith was first with a 67. The champ also pocketed closest to the pin prize money with a tee shot on No. 2 that rolled to within 9 feet, 10 inches of an ace.

In the battle for the first flight low net crown, Larry Baker won with a 66.

With a 67, Troy Neal was second. Former Payson High School standout Brandon Kelley finished third with a 69.

In the third flight, Tony Mularski swung his way to the low gross championship, posting an 86. Low net laurels in the flight went to Doug Talbot (67), Herb Sherman 69) and Tom Dahl (70).

Vick Kostecki finished at 91 to claim the fourth flight low gross title.

With a 91, Jim Livingston was first among the low net players. Trailers were Sil Egler (65) and Doug Bailey (65). Second went to Egler and Bailey was third and yet another scorecard playoff.

Closest to the pin winners included Keith Talley (No. 5; 7 feet, 7 inches), Jim Livingston (No. 8; 20 feet, 1 inch), Jerry McGuire (no. 14; 6 feet, 11 inches) and Gene Howell (1 foot, 6 inches).

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