Man Common Denominator Among Two Winning Teams


Ward Johnson can now spin a tale about the day he relished the rare feat of being on both the first- and second-place finishing teams in the same golf tournament.

He was able to add the curious feat to his list of links deeds, after a Payson Men's Golf Association four-man, two-best-ball formatted shootout, held June 20 at the Payson Golf Course.

"He was a winner in both first and second places, because the second place (foursome) got a blind draw after it had only three players," said PMGA member Dick Ceyler. "Ward was the player drawn to complete the foursome."

Frank Szakal, Jerry McGuire and Tony LeGault were on the first place team with Johnson that finished at 111.

His second-place teammates included Rick Korth, Doug Talbot and Jim Livingston. The team carded a net 114.

In third, with a 115, was the team of Troy Neal, Tom Dahl, Peter Foster and Don Gyde.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Point Loma Nazarene University golf team member and NAIA All-Region selection, Brandan Kelley, won on No. 8, where his tee shot rolled to within 15 feet, .5 inches of an ace.

Other winners included Rick Korth (No.2; 13 feet, 7 inches), Peter Foster (No. 5; 12 feet), Dean Bulkley (No. 17; 2 feet, 9 inches) and Szakal (No. 14; 6 feet, 4 inches).

In addition to competing in the two-best-ball tournament, members of the PMGA traveled June 13 to Quailwood Creek Golf Course where 80 players from four men's clubs clashed in a links free-for-all.

In the first flight, low gross scoring Jessie Smith was first, at 72. In the flight low net scoring, Szakal took the crown with a 65.

Rick Korth finished with an 80, to win second flight low-gross honors. Tom Dahl was second in low-net scoring and Jerry McGuire third. Dahl posted a 62 and McGuire a 67.

Gary Rovetto was the only PMGA placer in the third flight, taking second in the low gross competition.

The PMGA was almost shut out in the closest-to-the-pin competition before Smith saved the Payson day with a 21 feet, one inch effort on No. 13.

The Lady Niners

In women's action at Payson Golf Course, the PWGA nine-hole group wrapped up May play with a luncheon in which Isabella Sockrider, Rose DeVal, Billie Gibbs and Carole Omoto were recognized.

Sockrider chalked up the only birdie for the month and DeVal, Gibbs and Omoto were honored for scoring chip-ins.

The month teed off with a low-net clash won by Ann Adams. Julie Lynch was second and Sue Covert and Ellarea Davison tied for third.

A week later, members met in a "Bingo, Bango, Bongo" formatted tournament, won by Billie Gibbs. Mary Gene Mueller and Joanne Kirchgassner tied for second.

On May 17, Agnes Bowers captured the crown of a low-net tournament. Anita Ketowski and Adams deadknotted for second. During a modified scramble, played May 24, Julie Lynch was first, Bowers second and Gibbs third.

The month wrapped up May 31, with Anne Alschuler winning the fewest putts event.

"She burned up the greens, with just 11 putts," said Lady Niner Ann Adams. Florence Moeur and Omoto tied for second. Kirchgassner and Adams tied for third.

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