Father, Son Team Up For Win


The father and son golfing team of Mike and Tyson McKee might need bigger pockets to store their closest to the pin prize money.

The two joined forces to win four of five closest to the pin contests during a June 14 Payson Men's Golf Association tournament at Payson Golf Course.


The Payson Men's Golf Association hosted a six-six-six formatted tournament at Payson Golf Course.

In addition to the four wins, Tyson -- a former Payson High School golf team standout -- swatted a hole-in-one on No. 5.

As successful as McKee was in his high school career, the hole in one was his first-ever ace.

The ex-Longhorn also finished closest to the pin on No. 2, with a lie of 17 feet, 3 inches. On No. 8, his tee shot rolled to within 7 feet, 8 inches of his second ace of the tournament.

His father was closest on No. 14 at 5 feet, 4 inches.

The McKees were denied a sweep of the competition when Tony Legault took prize winnings on No. 17 with a 9 foot, 11 inch effort.

In addition to Tyson's ace and trio of closest to the pin wins, he was a member of the fourth flight's winning team along with Herb Sherman, Warren Mulcahy and Doug Bailey.

The team finished at 118 in the "six-six-six" formatted tournament.

PMGA member Dick Ceyler explained the unusual format: "A four-man team event in which one best call is counted on holes one through six, two best balls on holes seven through 12 and three best balls on holes 13 through 18."

In the first flight, Troy Neal, Gary Vaplon, Jerry McGuire and John Calderwood took first with a card of 112.

Jessie Smith, Lenny Niedens, Ed Kuhns and Jim Livingston were first in the second flight at 113.

With a 115, Larry Smith, Gene Dowell, Tom Eaglesham and Ceyler claimed the third flight gold.

PWGA action

The foursome of Joyce Karnes, Judy Neal, Kay Davis and Connie Gyde played their way to first place in a Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole tournament.

Laura Meyocks, Jan Burns, Alesha Calderwood and Jenny Barnes were second.

In the closest to the pin competition, Neal took prize money on No. 8 at 31 feet, 4 inches. With a lie of 14 feet, 3 inches on No. 14, Meyocks was closest.

Parks and recreation news

Sprint Triathlon: A Sprint Triathlon featuring a 500-yard swim followed by a 15-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run will be held Saturday, July 8. Adults may compete as individuals or in teams. The registration fees are $30 for an individual or $65 for a team. A youth division is also offered for individuals, which features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-mile bike ride and a 1.5-mile run.

ASA State Coed Softball Tournament: Rumsey Park will be this year's site for the state championship tournament scheduled for July 29 and 30. Team registration deadline is July 1. The entry fee is $300 per team.

For more information on these offerings, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7; or visit paysonparks.com

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