Former Phs Golf Star Returns To Payson Links

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Tyson McKee's Payson High School teammates in 2000 included Tyler Perna, Keith Stevens and Dallas Rensch.

Together, the four led the Horns to the East region championship.

Today, the former Longhorn All-Region player has exchanged his one-time partners for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

The exchange hasn't slowed the progress of the ex-prep star who, May 30, teamed up with Popeye Clay, Ed Kuhns and Ward Johnson to take first place in a "select drive ABCD team" tournament played at Payson Golf Course.

In winning, the team finished with a 154.

Also with a 154, but taking second on a scorecard playoff, was the foursome of Dean Martinson, Gary Vaplon, Tony Legault and David Rutter.

Larry Baker, Don Kissebreth, Jack Gibbs and Ward Johnson were third at 163.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Tyson McKee's father, Mike, won on No. 5 with a tee shot that rolled to within 2-feet, 3-inches of the flag.

Pocketing closest-to-the-pin prize money is nothing new for the elder McKee or his son.

In June 2006, during a PMGA tournament, the two teamed up to win four of five closest-to-the-pin contests.

Ironically, one of the wins, a hole-in-one by Tyson, was on the same No. 5 that Mike McKee won on at the May 30 fray.

Other closest-to-the-pin winners included Bill Cain (No 2; 15 feet, 1 inch), Dick Ceyler (No. 8; 11 feet), Troy Neal (No. 14; 2 feet, 4 inches) and Tom Dahl (No. 17; 2 feet, 1 inch).

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