Club Title Comes Down The Final Hole

Brandan Kelly wins one-up over Troy Neal


A former Payson High School sports star and an ex-prep basketball coach locked horns in the final round of the Payson Men's Golf Association Club Championship.

In the hard-fought, for-all-the-marbles showdown, Brandan Kelley narrowly defeated Troy Neal one-up on the final hole.


Brandan Kelly

Kelley is a former Longhorn all-state golfer who now stars for the Point Loma Nazarene University golf team.

Last spring, Kelley was one of three Sea Lion players named to the NAIA All-Region II golf team.

Neal, now a Gila County rancher, formerly played basketball at Arizona State University and coached the sport at Tempe High School.

He also previously owned a Tempe sporting goods store and was a motivational speaker.

Neal reached the final round by defeating Tyson McKee, also a former PHS golf standout. Kelley upset Jessie Smith in the semifinals.

"Troy and Brandan were scheduled to play the final championship round August 22," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said. "However, Brandan will be out of town on that date so they agreed to play the championship match Aug. 9."

The third and final round for flights B, C, D and E will still be played Aug. 22 at PGC.

In the flight B showdown, Terry Lindsey takes on Frank Szakal. In flight C, Dick Harding challenges Herb Sherman.

Gary Rovetto and John Calderwood will battle for flight D honors and Jack Gibbs play Bob Hendrie for flight E accolades.

In the first round of the tournament, played Aug. 1, Brandan Kelley beat Rick Korth, Smith thumped Don Castleman, Neal slipped past John Waring and McKee beat Kevin Kelley, Brandan's father.

In that opening round, Smith pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on two holes. On No. 8, his tee shot rolled to within 7 feet, 7 inches of the flat and on No. 14, he was just 5 feet, 5 inches short of an ace.

In closest-to-the-pin competition Aug. 8, winners were Tom Dahl (No. 2; 17 feet), Romey Borkovec (No. 5; 6 feet, 10 inches), Doug Talbot (No. 14; 1 foot, 6 inches), Jack Greenshield (No. 17; 6 feet, 4 inches) and Sherman (No. 8; 10 feet, 6 inches).

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